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Enrichment Scholarship Program

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IMG_14352016 Enrichment Scholarship Program


The Assistance League of Bellingham (ALB) is again offering summer Enrichment Scholarship opportunities to Whatcom County students who are currently enrolled in grades 6-11 in a public school (or are home-schooled with a public school affiliation). Private school students do not qualify. Students who are related to an Assistance League member may not apply for a scholarship. The scholarships are for programs running during the summer only, not the standard school year.

The application form for 2016 will be posted on the ALB website so that it can be downloaded. It will also be provided to each public middle and high school in Whatcom County; a student can ask a school counselor for a copy of the application.

The scholarships are competitive, and not based on financial need. We would love to fund everyone who takes the time and energy to apply for the scholarship, but we typically are only able to raise funds to award about half of the applications we receive. Scoring is done on the basis of an English essay and a letter of recommendation. Approximate point values are: 1/3 letter of recommendation, 1/3 English writing skills, and 1/3 content (e.g., does the essay convince us that the applicant will benefit from attending the chosen summer program?). A school transcript or report card is not required. Applicants are reminded that grammar and spelling count, and are encouraged to spend time polishing their essays before submitting them. It is fine to have a parent or other person critique the essay and point out grammatical and spelling errors, but the content of the essay is to be the original work of the applicant.

Previous winners: Previous winners of a middle school award may apply again; however 10th and 11th grade students who received a scholarship from us in 2015 are not eligible for 2016. That is, high school students are not eligible to win the award two high school years in a row.

Not every summer camp or program qualifies for the ALB Enrichment Scholarship. Acceptable programs include those in art, business, chess, dance, debate, drama, computers, ecology, journalism, language study, leadership, math, music, science, engineering, and more, including college preview programs. Not acceptable are private lessons, religion-centered programs, programs in foreign countries, or sports camps. Students may apply for only ONE scholarship per year. Once the committee has selected the awardees, the award cannot be transferred to a different camp or program.

Award checks are made out to the program, not to the student, but will be sent to the student to be forwarded to the summer program. The scholarship can be applied to tuition and the cost of materials and supplies purchased from the program, but not transportation costs.

– For grades 6-8 the maximum award is $400

– For grades 9-11 the maximum award is $900

The deadline for receipt of the completed applications at the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 2817 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 is Friday March 25, 2016 by 4:00 pm. You may hand deliver it or mail it. Mailed applications need to be postmarked by March 24, 2016. Award winners will be notified during the second week of April.

 Questions? Please email or call the ALB Thrift Shop at 360-738-2803 and leave a message asking for the ESP chairperson to return your call.

Enrichment Scholarship Program Application Forms

2016 ESP page 1 Information

2016 ESP page 2 Check-off Sheet

2016 ESP page 3 Application Details2016 ESP page 2 Check-off Sheet

2016 ESP page 4 Letter of Recommendation of Instruction page 1 of 2

2016 ESP page 5 Letter of Recommendation of Instruction page 2 of 2

2016 ESP page 6 Essay Topics

2016 ESP page 7 Publicity Consent

2015  Enrichment Scholarship Program Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned a scholarship to attend their chosen summer program.

Blaine Middle School

Ellie Joy Button, MBT Theater Camp

Fairhaven Middle School

Camille Kendrick, Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute **

Savanna J. Wolverton, Wild Whatcom Outdoor Program

Sophie Rose Kendrick, Evergreen City Ballet

Erin A. Reagan, Opus Performing Arts, ballet

Violet Harris, Bellingham Dance Co.

Ari Steven Geisler, Marrowstone Music Festival

Nate Southcott, Wild Whatcom Outdoor Program

Mary From, Oregon Suzuki Institute

Pearson E. Lund, computer science (Internal Drive ID Tech Camp)

Horizon Middle School

Cole Arun Drinkwater, Lake Samish Music Camp

Emory Levine, Lake Samish Music Camp

Lummi Middle School

Paula Sanchez, computer science (WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts) **

Lynden Middle School

Martel L. Karb, Scout Camp

Ben J. Valley, Lake Samish Music Camp

Meridian Middle School

Jeremy Ben Holz, Drumline Academy

Vista Middle School

Eliza Faith Julius, Native Youth Pipeline to College

Richard Stone Kaech, computer science (WWU Odyssey of Science and Art)

Madeline P. Scholten, Lake Samish Music Camp

Whatcom Middle School

Mary Clement, Lake Samish Music Camp

Chloe C. Ordello, Wild Whatcom Outdoor Program

Andrew Strobel, computer science (WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts)

Isabel Enright-Down, Bellingham Art

Julia Schwartz, Evergreen City Ballet

Bellingham High School

Nicholas Joseph Dyrland, Embry Riddle Aerospace Camp

Isabella R. Conover, WWU College Quest

Lucy Skykomish Slocum, WWU College Quest

Thomas A. Billings, Interlochen Center for the Arts (oboe)

Elijah Daniel Ryan, Whitman College Summer Dance Lab

Margot Lewis, Wild Whatcom Outdoor Program

Chloe M. Johnston, U of Texas at Austin, ballet camp

Ian C. Aegerter, Whitman College Summer Dance Lab

Maya Enstad, Meadowmount School of Music **

Benjamin C. Holmgren, WWU College Quest

Margot Enright-Down, engineering, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts

Ferndale High School

Eleanor G. McLaurin, Interlochen Center for the Arts (songwriting)

Ona Marie Underwood, Evergreen City Ballet

Katherine E. Pringle, BYU Young Musician Summer Fest

Elaine Morado, Global Young Leaders Conference

Lummi High School

Alyssa Marie Smallwood, Pfitzer Natives to College Program

Thelma Delphine Wall, Pfitzer Natives to College Program

Mt Baker High School

Fanter Lane, Hog Island Audubon Society Teen Birding Camp

Ashleigh Blankenship, Phillips Exeter Academy

Nooksack High School

Maile Rabang-Gomez, WWU College Quest

Sehome High School

Zachary F. Steele, Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle

Joseph W. Sawyer, Marrowstone Music Festival

Dawson A. Bowhay, Digital Media Academy

Katherine Rose, US Naval Academy STEM program **

Dorsa Toghani, WWU College Quest

Katie Layton, North Cascades Institute (outdoor leadership)

Aurora Fackler-Adams, counselor training at Camp Kirby

Maya Keefa Davies, Marrowstone Music Festival

Jaren Tilley, Stanford School of Medicine preview camp **

Jennifer Frye, Marrowstone Music Festival

Elizabeth V Layard Friesen, computer science, Digipen Institute of Technology

Alexander Harris, Marrowstone Music Festival **

Elisa Brackenhofer, Art Institute of CA at San Francisco

MacKenzie Murphy, University of the Pacific (music)

Kyler Southcott, Oberlin College (music/voice)

Marcus Poulos, Digital Media Academy (music/digital media)

Emily B. Little, Marrowstone Music Festival

William Zhang, Chamber Days at WWU (music)

Haley Isabell Reed, Lewis and Clark Forensics (debate camp)

Squalicum High School

Tristan P. Jesse Wine, National Academy of Future Physicians

Anna Tule Thut, WWU College Quest

Brenden Pelkie, Museum of Flight (aerospace)

Seriana Skye Ordello, Wild Whatcom Outdoor Program

Audrey K. O’Brien, College Quest WWU

Squalicum-affiliated home schooled

Henry Winslow, Whitman College Summer Dance Lab

Windward High School

Delci K. Syvertson, Whitman College Summer Dance Lab

** Did not use award


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