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Disadvantaged Youth Program

With the help of USA Diving, Inc., Cornerstone Diving Club has qualified for a  Developmental Grant provided by the Anthony Taylor Foundation for Aquatic Sports and Fitness. This grant exists to provide financial assistance to develop programs for disadvantaged youth and to grow the sport of diving.

Who is considered disadvantaged?

Disadvantaged students are those who have hindrances to excelling in school because of detrimental circumstances beyond their control. These include financial and social hardships as well as problems within students' families.

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How It Works ...

"Disadvantaged youth" is defined as children 18 years of age and under whose parents or guardians can document their (or their family’s) status as disadvantaged with a verification letter or other authorization showing
current eligibility for public assistance (such as Medicaid, Free/reduced school lunch, food
stamps, Head Start, WIC).

Cornerstone Diving Club is prepared to use our grant funds in the following way:

  • A low-cost or free program of instruction for beginning divers

  • A tuition subsidy (up to 90 percent) for divers deemed ready by the club for more advanced diving

  • Assistance with travel and other expenses associated with training and competitions

How do I qualify?

To prove your disadvantaged status, we will need a copy of your current Proof of Benefits Letter from the CT Department of Social Services. You may download the letter by logging into your MYDSS account at Once you have the letter, please click below and complete the short confidential online application. You will be contacted ASAP to discuss your acceptance and the details of transportation and scheduling.

Disadvantaged Youth Online Application


If you have any questions or want to discuss this program prior to applying, please contact Coach Scott at 203-952-6442 or email him at

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