With the support of donors and organizations, we award nearly $2.5 million annually to Team USA athletes pursuing their personal, educational and professional success. Please read application and eligibility instructions for each opportunity listed below. Check back regularly to see any new opportunities not currently posted.
USOPC Grants and Scholarships
Team USA Tuition Grants
The Team USA Tuition Grants are intended to encourage athletes to further their education in preparation for lifelong career goals by defraying a portion of athletes’ tuition costs. This can take the form of traditional 2-and 4-year undergraduate or graduate degrees, industry specific certificates, vocational schools. professional development courses, job readiness training courses, and other educational courses that will lead to the advancement of the athlete’s career aspirations. Applications are available here for current and retired Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, Parapan American and Games alumni athletes.
Applications open. Learn about the Tuition Grant program.
William E Simon Olympic Endowment (Simon Grant)
Established in 1998 by Mr. William E. Simon, Sr., former U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee President and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, the highly competitive Simon Grant is an annual training and competition awarded to high performing athletes showing financial need.
Eligible applicants are current elite, internationally competitive Team USA athletes who are in contention for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team for Paris 2024 and Milan-Cortina d'Ambezzo 2026. Grant recipients provide a compelling case of how this grant can help advance their athletic pursuits through an essay response and application while demonstrating their financial need.
Learn more about Simon Grant. Next application period Spring/Summer 2023.
California, Colorado and Utah In-State Tuition Discount
Through the USOPC, eligible Team USA athletes living and training in California, Colorado and Utah can receive in-state tuition at select public colleges and universities regardless of an individual’s resident status. Read about each state for individual details about eligibility and participating programs.
Note: We have a long-term goal of nationwide in-state tuition for Team USA athletes and are working diligently to expand the program to other states.
Team USA Service & Hope Award in partnership with Comcast
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation have established the Team USA Service & Hope Award in partnership with Comcast, a grant awarded to Team USA athletes who embody the Olympic & Paralympic values and who participate in meaningful service with a nonprofit organization focused on youth sport, physical activity, or health and well-being.
Up to four $25,000 awards are granted on a yearly basis. For each of the four selected winners, half ($12,500) is awarded directly to the athlete, while the other half ($12,500) is directed to the athlete’s nonprofit of choice.
For a detailed program overview including athlete eligibility and nonprofit organization requirements, visit the Service & Hope Award webpage. Next application period is August 9-September 7, 2022.
The tuition grant no matter how large or small chips away at the tremendous expense of attending school and skiing at the same time.
USOPC Assistance Programs
Medical Assistance Fund
Eligible athletes can receive $100-$25,000 in funds to pay for significant medical costs incurred by elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including necessary travel-related expenses, that are not met through available resources.Learn about the Fund
National Medical Network (NMN)
The NMN eligible Team USA athletes access to receive travel assistance and a broad range of medical services at a reduced or no cost.View NMN
Mental Health Assistance Fund
The USOPC Mental Health Assistance Fund (MHAF) will be used to direct financial gifts from our mental health ambassadors to financially support the mental health of our athletesApply for MHAF
Legal Aid Program
The Legal Aid Program assists elite athletes without sufficient financial means to seek aid for fees and costs associated with legal representation or the proceeding itself with respect to eligible claims within the MovementLegal Aid Program
Commercial Agreements Resource
The Athlete Commercial Agreements Resource Program is to empower Team USA athletes to better understand their rights and value in the marketplace, the specific terms of a commercial agreement, impacts on their name, image, and likeness, and how the USOPC Athlete Marketing Platform (AMP) intersects with other commercial commitments or opportunities.Commercial Agreements Resources
Third-Party Funding Opportunities
Women's Sports Foundation Travel & Training Fund
The Travel & Training Fund provides financial support to female athletes with potential to be elite, who would otherwise be unable to afford continuing their pursuits. The Fund helps cover coaching, travel and equipment – critical necessities to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings.
Paralympic Sports Grants & Equipment
Organizations across the country want to help remove barriers that exist between adaptive athletes and their entry to sport. Funding provided by the organizations listed below may be for equipment, travel, training expenses and more. Eligibility and the purpose of the grants may vary based on the organization.
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is not responsible for funding provided by other organizations. Availability of grants and scholarships is subject to change.
Level Field Fund
The Ross Powers Foundation and Level Field Fund strive to bridge gaps in funding so talented athletes can compete on a level playing field by providing critical funding to hundreds of deserving athletes from across the United States competing in sports ranging from snowboarding to kayaking, swimming to skiing, and skeleton to taekwondo.
NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award Program
The NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award Program was established in 1989 to assist student-athletes with financial assistance to complete their education during their five-year eligibility period. Applicants must be student-athletes who have exhausted their athletics eligibility. The award consists of tuition, fees, and an allowance for textbooks and other expenses.
Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant
The Child Care Grant, a Power of She Fund grant, is designed to support female athletes with children, who are striving for peak performance on the court, track, pitch, field, pool or mat while also balancing the challenges of motherhood. Each grant is $10,000.
Together, the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athleta awarded more than $200,000 in Child Care Grants in 2021.
2022 Relevant Dates
The 2022 application opened on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 and will close on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. Child Care Grant grant recipients will be announced in the Fall.