Vincent O. Greene Scholarship Fund

For some families in our community, money may be a significant barrier to enrolling their kids in park programs like swim lessons, youth sports, summer camps, or youth theatre. We are committed to making sure Urbana Park District programs and camps are available to all children.

Established in 2017 from a generous bequest left by Mr. Vincent Greene, the Vincent O. Greene Scholarship Fund at the Urbana Parks Foundation is meant to help families with demonstrated financial need cover fees for summer camps, swim lessons, dance classes and many other enriching Urbana Park District activities.

Introducing young people to benefits of parks and park programs leads to lifelong participation. This in turn improves physical, social, and mental health across the community and extends to future generations as well.

      • The Vincent O. Greene Youth Scholarship Fund helps children participate in park district programs despite limited financial resources.
      • Participation of youth from all walks of life helps park programs by enriching the experience for all participants.
      • Broad participation in park programs by local youth helps the community by exposing all youth to the benefits of using our local parks.

With the upcoming opening of the new Health & Wellness Center, the Vincent O. Greene Scholarship Fund is more important than ever – this new facility will give our community’s youth a much-needed, safe space to go where they can play and socialize. The Vincent O. Greene Scholarship Fund will help to ensure that all local children have the opportunity to access the Health & Wellness Center.

Your gift to the Vincent O. Greene Scholarship Fund can accomplish so much:

    • teach a child to swim
    • help local children connect with nature
    • provide opportunities for local children to explore their artistic and/or athletic talent
    • foster the joy of performance through Youth Summer Theatre
    • create lifelong friendships and connect with the community through UPD programs

Make a Gift Online

It’s easy to make a donation!

Mail a Gift

Please indicate on the check that you would like your gift directed to the Vincent O. Greene Youth Scholarship Fund and mail it to:

Urbana Parks Foundation
303 W. University Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

(Make your check out to Urbana Parks Foundation)

A thank you letter recognizing your support will be mailed to you upon receipt of your gift.

If you wish to speak in person to an Urbana Parks Foundation Trustee or Urbana Park District staff member regarding a specific gift, please contact the Urbana Park District Development Manager by phone at (217) 367-1536 or by email at to obtain more information. We are happy to hear from you and share all the opportunities that we have for support.

UPF is a 501c(3) organization and contributions to it are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.