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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Round Up Scholarships Remove Barriers to Participation for Community Members

Round Up for Scholarships: Adult, Youth and Family Scholarships are available now!

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts (ELPRA) launched Round Up for Scholarships at the end of last year to remove the barriers that prevent community members from fully participating in ELPRA offerings.

Community members who struggle to afford the cost of ELPRA activities and classes can apply for a Round Up Scholarship. Adults, youth and families can register for an assortment of programs from ceramics classes and painting workshops to swim lessons, dance classes, personal training and fitness classes including pickleball. 

Round Up Scholarships can also be used to pay for youth sports program registration, All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre fees and certain school-aged childcare costs. 

“We are so grateful to our community members who have contributed to the Round Up for Scholarships,” ELPRA Director Cathy DeShambo said. “We are very hopeful that this initiative will help even more community members to be able to engage their body, mind and soul in recreational activities!”

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit For questions, contact Guest Services Coordinator Lois Fogarisi at (517) 319-6949.

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