Twenty five years after America True challenged for the America’s Cup, its assets are being donated to Oakcliff Sailing, establishing a $150,000 scholarship fund.
The America True Scholarship Fund will be available to community sailing graduates, allowing them to train at Oakcliff and become professionals and leaders, on and off the water.
America True, with Dawn Riley as CEO, was the first syndicate headed by a woman and raced with a co-ed crew. The team was also a critical part of the mid-90’s movement to expand sailing opportunities into underserved populations. America True helped develop youth programs across the United States, getting at-risk kids on the water with the motto of “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Riley is now the Executive Director of Oakcliff Sailing, with the goal of building American leaders through sailing. Scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of an Oakcliff Acorn or Sapling program for graduates of community sailing organizations. Community sailing is defined as sailing organizations that do significant outreach to underserved communities and underwrite costs for disadvantaged students. Scholarships are need-based and awarded on a first come, first-served basis.