FAQs

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. It is the mission of Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) to offer our program to all girls who desire to participate, regardless of their financial status. Families who are unable to pay the program registration fees will be awarded financial assistance based on their income. In the past year, GOTR-STL provided more than $365,000 in scholarships. Our goal is to never turn a girl away for financial reasons.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Any registered Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole participant is eligible for a scholarship, regardless of the program fee at her site. Families requesting financial assistance through the online registration process will be prompted to provide their annual household income as well as the number of people living in the household. This information will be used in order to provide the family with a suggested fee. Special circumstances are also considered. GOTR-STL requests all scholarship recipients to pay a portion of the program fee.

Why are program fees different at different schools/sites?

GOTR-STL serves a large territory with a diverse population. In order to price the program at affordable rates, GOTR-STL offers site-based fees on a sliding scale, ranging from $25 to $150. Due to diversity within individual sites, participants are eligible for scholarships regardless of the program fee at her site.

How is the site’s fee determined?

Consultants from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis developed a model to fairly and objectively determine the appropriate fee at a given site. GOTR-STL runs several economic data points through a regression analysis to determine the appropriate fee for each site.

Does the program fee I pay subsidize other girls’ program fees?

No, the program fee each individual pays is used to cover the costs of the program for that individual girl. Program fees are subsidized through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and grants. Many families choose to make a donation to the scholarship fund in addition to paying for their child’s program fee. GOTR-STL appreciates the generosity of parents and other individuals who help make our scholarship program possible by donating during program registration, online or by participating in fundraisers.

Can a school, school district, PTA/PTO, etc. subsidize the program fee?

No, in an effort to maintain the value of the program, GOTR-STL does not allow outside entities to subsidize the program fee at a site. If the site, school district or other organization would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, the donations would be welcomed with much appreciation. However, the donations would not change the program fee at a given site.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes. If a family has more than one daughter participating in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole, the may pay the full program fee for the first registered child and half of the program fee for any additional registered children in their family. Note - Parents cannot request a scholarship and use a sibling discount code. Whichever is the greater discount will be applied.

What options do I have to pay the program fee?

Payment by credit card (all major credit cards are accepted) or e-check are the preferred options. Money orders made out to Girls on the Run St. Louis are also accepted. 

Can I pay the program fee in installments?

Yes. If a family would like to pay the program fee in installments, they will be able to make partial payments. An initial payment is due at time of registration with either 1 or 2 additional payments due over the course of the season.  If additional assistance is needed, please contact the GOTR-STL offices to make arrangements.

Do coaches have to pay for their daughter(s) if they participate in the program?

Yes. However, coaches are welcome to utilize the scholarship and payment plan options for their daughter(s). Additionally, coaches are able to guarantee their daughter(s) a spot on the team at their daughter's school.

Can program fees be refunded?

Yes, Girls on the Run St Louis will refund:

  • 100% of the registration fee prior to the end of the second week of the program.
  • 50% of the registration fee prior to the end of the third week of the program.
  • No refunds will be issued after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the third week of the program.
  • If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Director, a full refund will be issued.
  • In the case of a lottery where a girl does not get a spot on a team, a full refund will be issued. 

Note - The refund amount will be based on the date that the Girls on the Run office is notified of cancellation.  All refund and participant cancellation requests must be made by a parent or guardian directly to the Girls on the Run St Louis office - NOT through a coach.   

When is the program fee due?

Families have the option to pay the fee at the time of registration with a credit card or e-check or set up an alternative payment schedule. If a family opts not to pay at the time of registration, inital payment must be received by the first practice.  If a participant has an outstanding balance from a previous season, she will not be allowed to participate again until the family contacts GOTR-STL to pay the outstanding balance, set up a payment plan, or discuss alternative options.  

Is Girls on the Run St. Louis a non-profit and what is the organization’s relationship to Girls on the Run International?

Yes, GOTR-STL is a non-profit organization. GOTR-STL is a council of Girls on Run International (GOTRI), but operates as an independent 501©3. GOTR-STL does not receive financial support from GOTRI. GOTR-STL pays dues to GOTRI in order to deliver the program to the girls in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Will I have to pay anything else throughout the course of a Girls on the Run season?

GOTR-STL highly encourages each girl to have an adult walk/run with her at the end-of-season GOTR 5k event in downtown St Louis. Whether it’s a parent, relative, or family friend, the adult who accompanies your girl must register and pay the entry fee for the 5k event. 

Is there anything I can do to help GOTR-STL raise money?

Yes! There are a number of ways individuals can help GOTR-STL’s fundraising efforts.

  • Runners, walkers, cyclists and tri-athletes can check out the SoleMates charity running program.
  • Individuals affiliated with a corporation that may be interested in sponsoring a Girls on the Run or Girls on Track team, matching donations from employees or giving to the organization based on employee volunteer hours can contact our office for more information.
  • Details about additional GOTR-STL fundraisers are shared in the monthly newsletter.