Scholarships Updates

Dear San Francisco Residents,

Ever since the COVID-19 hit on all of us, our classes have moved to “Virtual Classes” Harvey Milk Photo Center. All on-site classes have been canceled and we have been working with SR Rec & Parks Dept,  Randall Museum, and Sharon Art Studio to develop new online classes for the upcoming semesters.  We will continue to provide high-quality online classes and we hope to see you online from now on. The great news is scholarships for San Francisco residents are still available for online classes.

For more information regarding class scholarships and financial assistance

Contact: Lillian Bautista


Phone: 415.831.2717

We offer assistance to eligible San Francisco residents through our Recreation Scholarship Fund. Eligibility in our Scholarship Program entitles qualifying residents to at least a 50% discount and as much as 100% off program registration. Families can enroll by meeting income level restrictions or by submitting documentation of enrollment in other subsidized programs.

Scholarships are offered to all of our programs, including Cultural Arts Programs; Community Service Programs such as Tiny Tots; Athletics Programs such as Girls Sports, and Leisure Services Programs such as Aquatics or Outdoor Recreation.


You can fill out an application and show income documentation at the McLaren Lodge Registration Desk. You will need to provide proof of residency and show documentation verifying your income. 

You will be contacted within 1 week of applying to inform you of your scholarship status. Scholarships are not retro-active.

Only Support Services staff at the McLaren Lodge Registration Desk can approve 50% scholarships. For requests over 50%, please call Lillian Bautista, Scholarship Coordinator, at 415-831-2717 for more information.

Recreation and Parks is grateful for the tremendous support of Mayor London Breed, the Recreation and Parks Commission, the San Francisco Parks Trust and our many other friends for enabling us to offer access to all San Franciscans to our recreation activities through the Recreation Scholarship Program. 

No applicant will be turned away for lack of funds.