The Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

History of the Program

The Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo was established in 2009 to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring judo athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings.  Requests for assistance are considered for coaching, specialized training and/or travel. An individual may request up to $5,000. The Fund was established by Richard Ader and is replenished through earnings on the endowment and donations. Learn more about Rusty Kanokogi and the Fund here.

Guidelines and Application

What is the purpose of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo?
The goal of the fund is to relieve aspiring elite-level female judo athletes of the financial burden associated with competing at higher levels and to permit them to concentrate on their training.

Who will administer the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo??
The Women’s Sports Foundation administers the program.

What are the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria for the program?
1. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and be eligible to compete for a U.S. national team.

2. An individual may be awarded only one grant from the Women's Sports Foundation per calendar year and a maximum of three grants to an individual in a lifetime. 

3. Grants awarded that cannot be used by the recipient for its intended purpose must be returned to the Women’s Sports Foundation office.

4. Individuals applying for this grant are evaluated based upon the following criteria: 
    a. Financial need 
    b. Present and potential level and ranking 
    c. Lack of support from traditional sources 
    d. Role of award in continued participation and advancement 
    e. Potential impact of grant on advancing women in sports 
    f. Contribution to greater visibility of female athletes 
    g. Priority given to those who present a plan for reimbursing the grant in the future, whether financially or otherwise contributing to women’s sports.

College Student-Athlete Eligibility:
Please be aware that it is likely that, by accepting a grant, an athlete’s college eligibility may be affected.

1. Per the NCAA, for Division I and Division III athletes, receipt of a grant from this fund will jeopardize a prospective student-athlete’s or an enrolled student-athlete’s amateur status and make the individual ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I or Division III level.

2. Per the NCAA, for Division II athletes, prior to initial full-time enrollment at any collegiate institution, a prospective student-athlete may use her athletics ability for pay without jeopardizing her amateur status. However, if the prospective student-athlete delays full-time collegiate enrollment following the graduation date of her high school class and continues to receive funds based on her athletics ability, the prospective student-athlete may have to sit an academic year in residence.

3. Athletes applying for the grant are responsible for checking the financial aid regulations of the NCAA or sports organization governing their current or future high school, college or university to avoid jeopardizing their eligibility for sports participation. For specific questions about your collegiate eligibility, please contact the NCAA or your collegiate institution directly.

Attention All Athletes: As the athlete applying for a grant, it is your responsibility to check the financial aid regulations of the NCAA or sports organization governing your current or future high school, college or university to avoid jeopardizing your eligibility for sports participation. If you have specific questions about your collegiate eligibility, please contact NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff at 317.917.6222 or your local high school athletic association.

How much funding is available?
A total of $5,000 in grants will be awarded each calendar year.

When are deadlines and other relevant dates?
Online applications must be submitted by 5p.m. EST on Friday, April 1, 2016. Grants will be awarded during the second quarter of 2016.

Application Procedure
Access the application here and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile.

Under the organization information, please enter the contact information for USA Judo. A Tax ID number is not required to register (so you may leave that space blank).

Notification of Application Acceptance
You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address provided in your profile when your application has been received.

Any application that is late, incomplete or requesting funds for an event or purchase of equipment that will occur before the applicant would receive the grant money will not be accepted.


After reading the above guidelines carefully, if you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Flores at 516.307.3915 or e-mail her here.

Past Recipients:

Nefeli Papadakis 2015
Misato Sandoval 2015
Chantal Wright 2015
Cindy Simon 2014
Nicole Stout 2014
Mackenzie Williams 2014
Lauren De Smidt 2013
Hannah Martin 2013
Leilani Akiyama 2012
Lauren De Smidt 2012
Ronny Elor 2012
Ashley Hejlik 2012
Cameron Kaichi 2012
Janine Nakao 2012
Nina Cutro-Kelly 2011, 2010
Kathleen Sell 2011, 2010
Angelica Delgado 2011, 2010
Hana Carmichael 2010
Jordan Mouton 2010
Kayla Harrison 2009

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