Alexander Scholarship Fund
The Alexander Scholarship Fund, otherwise known as ASF, was named after the founder of the Y’s Men Movement, Judge Paul William Alexander. The program was called the Paul William Alexander Scholarship Fund (
ASF started in 1954, at the Y’s Men’s International Convention in Lansing, Michigan. Money had been collected to have a famous painter do a portrait of Judge Paul. He felt it was a waste, but agreed to sit for a renowned photographer at a lesser cost. Left-over monies amounting to about US$ 900 started this program of Y’s Men International.
ASF at first was administered centrally through the International Service Director (ISD) on the recommendations received from Area Service Directors (
Alexander Scholarship Fund Emphasis – November 2018
LET’S MAKE IT OUR BEST YEAR EVER!
Just 10% of funds raised for ASF are sent to IHQ. The remaining 90% stays in your own country/Region for local use.
• International President’s 2018/19 target (10%): CHF 11,250. Let’s beat that!
• Average yearly contribution since 2013 (10%): CHF 10,156. Let’s beat that!
• Highest yearly contribution since 2013 (10%): CHF 13,015. Let’s beat that!
• Can we raise CHF 15,000 this year – for an International ASF total of CHF 150,000? Yes, we can!
The purpose of ASF is to promote the training of YMCA staff and/or those seeking to become YMCA staff members. Its aim is to alleviate the desperate shortage of YMCA professionals by;
(a) Encouraging young people in various countries to take on this responsibility and
(b) Making financial contributions for their training.
Who Benefits from ASF?
- Persons already employed by the YMCA who need
the grantto increase their training and proficiency.
- YMCAs seeking trained staff.
- YMCA members who are better served by professionally-trained leadership.
Allocation of Funds
90% of all money collected is retained at the local level (country or region) and the remaining 10% is passed on to IHQ for allocation at the
Each Club is urged to promote some fund-raising project specifically for ASF. Some clubs take money from their general project funds.
Regional Conventions sponsor special activities or projects to bring in money. Fines are a fun source of income. Districts may celebrate an ASF DAY together with some money-raising activity.