Started in 2012, MYST, then known as Metro-East Youth Scholarship Tour, began hosting bowling tournaments for youth competitors in southern Illinois. In 2019, MYST changed our name to Midwest Youth Scholarship Tour, became a 501c3 non-profit, and began expanding our tournament locations to include bowling centers in the greater St. Louis, MO area, with plans to expand to other states within the Midwest.
Based on the desire to provide quality tournaments to youth bowlers, MYST has always been committed to giving back as much as possible to our participants in the form of SMART Scholarships and Awards, while continuing to encourage growth and positive experiences to all.
Our director’s and volunteer’s passion to make this reality starts with the fact that there are no paid positions within the MYST hierarchy, and their time/personal expenses are paid through the smiles we see in our participants.
In 2019, MYST welcomed a new director to the organization that started a new and exciting chapter of even greater opportunities for our youth. We updated our website, increased our marketing opportunities, negotiated contracts with vendors for lower costs, secured a sponsorship with Hammer (now Brunswick), solicited/received donations (monetary and in-kind) from individuals and companies, and more!
Additionally, we removed the requirement to pay a membership fee just to participate in our tournaments and restructured our membership levels to include benefits you can actually use.
As a result of combined partnerships, donations, SMART earnings allocations, and raffles, we were able to award over 100% of membership and entry fees collected throughout the season back to our participants in the form of scholarships and awards during both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons and we can’t wait to see what the future brings!
MYST welcomes those interested in our tournaments and tour to learn more about us through the information posted on our website. But if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
We believe being transparent is key, and knowing where your money is going and how it’s used should be easily accessible for any tournament you attend, and not just through MYST. If you are interested in another tournament/tour and can’t find the information you are looking for, let us know and we will try to help put you in touch with the directors.