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The Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Departments Scholarship fund is supported by CARES. 


Citizens Associated for Recreation Education & Sports “CARES” was formed in 2015 by the Airway Heights Parks & Recreation Department. 

  • To promote the acquisition and development of recreational facilities on the West Plains of Spokane County.
  • To promote recreational youth sports with skill learning, participation, sportsmanship, fun and the development of positive self-esteem as the main goals.
  • To promote recreational activities that educate young people and help them make positive life choices so that they grow to become productive members of the community.
  • To promote the development of adult recreational sports with sportsmanship, participation and fun as the main goals.
  • To establish a scholarship fund that will allow all residents of the West Plains regardless of their income level to participate in the programs promoted by the organization.

In addition to these objectives, CARES will strive to be representative of the entire West Plains Community, and as such, will remain sensitive and responsive to changes when they are in the best interest of the community.  The Association works in a collaborative fashion with all area businesses; with the academic community; with the area Chamber of Commerce, and all branches of the Armed Services and other non-profit organizations as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service, Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 The Association will contribute to the civic betterment of our West Plains community through the promotion of the acquisition and development of quality recreational facilities; the promotion of quality youth programs; the promotion of  youth and adult sports programs; and by establishing a scholarship fund to allow all community residents to participate in programs.  The Association will continue to play a dynamic and vital role of enhancing the quality of life throughout the community.

The Mission of the CARES is:

To improve the quality of life for all residents by promoting the acquisition and development of quality recreational facilities where youth and adult programs can be developed.   

The CARES Association will fulfill its mission through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors who continually strive to meet the Association's objectives, goals and ideals.




How to Apply

To apply for a CARES Youth Programs Scholarship, complete the application with the most current information, provide all required documentation, sign your name, and return the application to the Airway Heights Parks & Recreation Office located at 13120 W 13th Ave, Airway Heights, WA 99001.
All applications are due At least 15 days prior to program registration deadline.
Please be sure to provide all requested information and documentation. Incomplete applications will not be processed. The information and documentation provided is confidential, and will only be used to determine eligibility.
Applicants will be contacted by phone or email regarding scholarship status by a member of the CARES Scholarship Committee. Scholarship approval does not automatically register a participant for the program. Once approved, recipients must pick up scholarship check to complete registration process. Approved scholarships will expire on the program registration deadline date.    

Giving Back

The CARES Youth Programs Scholarship is made possible by donations, fundraising, and volunteering. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for more information about giving back or getting involved. 

Applicants will be encouraged to volunteer at least once in the calendar year at an Airway Heights Parks & Recreation program or event.

Fee Reduction Scholarship General Information

The CARES Youth Programs Scholarship is designed to help kids of the West Plains get involved in recreational opportunities. Applicants must qualify under the family income guidelines.  Funding will be available in 50% & 75% increments, based on the gross monthly income of your family. Only one scholarship per child, per quarter (fall, winter, spring, summer) will be granted. Total scholarship amount may not exceed $75 per year.


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