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A Letter to Business Owners

To Business Partner, 

The Action Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Philadelphia, PA dedicated to bringing high quality character-based martial arts to communities. 

The funds go directly to member martial arts schools to help students continue training during a financial hardship. This is a homegrown non-profit created by martial artists during the Covid pandemic to help kids and families after experiencing an educational, social and often financial disruption in their lives. The impact on children’s mental health is well-documented, and there’s an undeniable need for long-term investment in children’s physical, emotional and social development.  

Any martial arts school can become a member to help students in their school and community. There are currently 22 schools between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia participating in the inaugural fundraising Kick-a-Thon. Some experts believe 40 percent of martial arts schools went out of business during the pandemic and 50 percent of children’s group activities disappeared. You know martial arts improves lives, and we can support kids by supporting martial arts.

1.  The Action Scholarship Fund (ASF) provides scholarships for students that are at risk of not being able to continue their karate instruction due to the inability to pay. Both the karate school and the student must be accountable to update the student’s progress and commitment. 

2. ASF is also set up to be able to obtain grants for larger group programs in underserved communities. The programs range from ongoing weekly classes during the school day to immersive after school classes to build confidence and give neighborhoods opportunities to empower kids to reduce violence. 

As a partner to the martial arts community, would you consider contributing to the fund? To make a simple tax-deductible donation, go here:


To become a sponsor with a recurring donation and listing as a business partner, please email


Kelly Van Train 



Action Scholarship Fund

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