Fit 4 the Cause, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income communities with exercise therapy, wellness education and nutrition programs, announces a new partnership with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers.

The organizations are collaborating to provide quarterly scholarships for qualified individuals seeking fitness certification. The scholarships will cover the curriculum’s expenses and celebrate the recipients at an annual breakfast event. After completing the program, the recipient will possess a nationally recognized Certificate of Personal Training that will allow them to pursue a career in fitness. Two local gyms, Golds Gym in Thousand Oaks and Harman Fitness, will guarantee the graduates interviews.

The NCCPT will provide certification materials and testing, and Fit 4 the Cause founder Cindy Rakowitz will mentor scholarship recipients at the all-level free fitness classes she teaches at 8:30 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Stadium in Westlake Village.

To apply, applicants must write an 800- to 1,000-word essay including a personal story about how the fitness lifestyle improves overall health and why the applicant was drawn to Fit 4 the Cause, their financial obstacles for certification, and their commitment to helping Fit 4 the Cause and the NCCPT in finding future scholarship recipients.

To apply for a scholarship, become a sponsor or learn more, email Rakowitz at cindy@brpublicrelations.com or Anastasia Alexander at anastasiaa@nccpt.com.

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