Assistance League of Bellingham

Enrichment Scholarship Program

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In 2014, the Assistance League of Bellingham awarded $38,900 in summer enrichment scholarships to 63 middle and high school students in the public school program in Whatcom County. We hope to repeat that service in 2015!

Application materials for our merit-based competitive scholarships are now available on our website (links below). There are 7 pages to the application form, including instructions. Pages 3, 4 and 5 are to be returned to us along with the student essay, program brochure, and letter of recommendation from a non-relative adult.

What is our ESP program? The Bellingham Assistance League scholarship pays up to $500 for grade 6-8 students and  $1000 for grade 9-11 students toward the tuition (not transportation costs) for a qualifying summer enrichment program or camp. Home-schooled students can apply as well, as long as they are associated with a public school in Whatcom County. Previous ESP awardees can apply again this year. Relatives of ALB members cannot apply.

We don’t offer or suggest a list of summer camps; the specific summer program selected is up to the individual student, and the student has to take care of their own application to the selected program.  Qualifying programs do NOT include sports camps, programs involving foreign travel, private lessons, or religious-affiliated programs. Programs which do qualify include a wide range of possible subjects including debate, chess, orchestra, band, dance, theater, writing, art, leadership, ecology studies, college preview programs…if you have a camp in mind and wonder if it qualifies, please ask!

The deadline for all application materials to be turned in is FRIDAY MARCH 20 by 4 pm. Sooner is better.  Hand-deliver applications to The Bellingham Assistance League Thrift Shop at 2817 Meridian, Bellingham, OR, mail applications to Assistance League of Bellingham, Enrichment Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 2998, Bellingham, WA 98227-2998. Scholarship awards will be announced about 2 weeks after the deadline date.

If you have questions, you may call the Assistance League at (360) 738-2803 and ask for the ESP chairperson to call you back. You may also email the ESP chairperson at with any questions.

ESP page 1 information

ESP page 2 checkoff list

ESP page 3 application details

ESP page 4 letter of recommendation guide

ESP page 5 publicity release form

ESP page 6 required essay

ESP page 7 scoring rubric for essay and application

Congratulations to the following students who earned a scholarship to attend their chosen summer program  in 2014:

Middle School Awards

Blaine Middle School
Georgia Rea – Odyssey of Science & Arts – WWU
Hailey Ridings – ID Tech Camp  

Fairhaven Middle School
Lucas Cunningham – Jr. National Young Leaders Conference
Sophie Kendrick – American Ballet Theater
Pearson Lund – ID Tech Camp
Erin Reagan – American Ballet Theater
Nate Southcott – Boys Explorer Club

Kulshan Middle School
Garett Prentiss – Bellingham Art  

Lynden Middle School
Hannah McSwain – Odyssey of Science & Art – WWU

Mt. Baker Middle School
Sarah Everett – The Dance Studio
Zoe Kuchar – Camp Kirby – Leadership
Sumi Suda – Seattle Children’s Theater

Shuksan Middle School
Claire Enstad – Bellingham Art  

Vista Middle School
Abigail Harmer – Pacific Arts Association – Music

Whatcom Middle School
Alex Nelson – Mt. Baker Youth Symphony
Dylan Patera – Odyssey of Science & Art – WWU
Julia Schwartz – Pacific NW Ballet Summer Program

High School Awards

Bellingham High School
Noe Betancourt-Cruz – La Cima Leadership
Thomas ‘Adam’ Billings – NYU Summer Double Reed Teen Workshop Rachel Cornwell – Summer at Cornish – Songwriting & Recording Nicholas Dyrland – Marrowstone Music Festival
Maya Enstad – Marrowstone Music Festival
Carmen Ferran – College Quest WWU
Chloe Johnston – The University of Texas – Dance
Margot Lewis – Girls’ Explorer Club
Timothy Mumford – BYU Young Musicians Summer Festival – Voice Madeline Prentiss – Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Blaine High School - None

Explorations Academy
Henry Smartt – New England Music Camp

Ferndale High School
Annie Burns – Washington Business Week – WWU
Katherine Chamblin – College Quest WWU
Joshua Cheyenne – College Quest – WWU
Emily Foster – College Quest WWU
Kristine French-Clemons – College Quest WWU
Emily Henson – College Quest WWU
Alexandra Hiestand – College Quest WWU
Jessica – Jimenez-Arroyo – College Quest WWU
McKayla Juneau – College Quest – WWU
Katie Pringle – BYU Young Musicians Summer Festival
Ona Underwood – Northwest Ballet Academy

Home School
Ian Aegerter – Marrowstone Music Festival

Meridian High School – None

Mt. Baker High School
Lane Fanter – Camp Avocet

Nooksack Valley High School - None

Sehome High School
Kenneth Brown – Chamber Days at WWU
Kavish Chandra – WWU Manufacturing Week
Beth Clawson – North Cascades Institute – Leadership
Kiley Cloud – Phi Theta Kappa
Madeline Cummins – Concordia Language Villages
Meleri Cummins – Concordia Language Villages
Katherine Cunningham – Summerwinds – WWU
Maya Davies – Marrowstone Music Festival
Sara DeRoy – Sartori Summer Camp EWU
Jennifer Frye – Marrowstone Music Festival
Casey Grosso – PNCA Pre-College Program – Art
Dorothy Linneman – Marrowstone Music Festival
Ali Morrow – Carleton Summer Science Institute
Kate Rose – Marrowstone Music Festival
Maya Smith – Expo at Yale
Kyler Southcott – Camp Kirby – CIT
Adam Work – Marrowstone Music Festival

Squalicum High School
Brooklyn Bell – North Cascades Institute – Science
Mara Crawford – College Quest WWU
Dilpreet Dosanjh – College Quest WWU
Makayla Poirier-White – College Quest WWU
Henry Winslow – Summer Dance Lab – Whitman College


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