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Enrichment Scholarship Program 2018

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2018 Enrichment Scholarship Program


Assistance League of Bellingham (ALB) is 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 and students who are related to an Assistance League member may not apply for a scholarship.

The scholarships are competitive, and not based on financial need.  We would love to fund everyone, 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 encouraged to spend time polishing their essays before submitting them. Points will be deducted for illegible or incomplete applications.

* Note a change this year… Previous winners may apply again. So yes, students can apply two years in a row even if a scholarship was received last year.

The program to be funded is selected by the student, and the student is responsible for applying to the program chosen. (ALB itself does not offer summer camps or programs.)  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.  Our scholarship is for programs running during summers only, not during the standard school year. Also, we do not pay for transportation.

Scholarship checks are made out to the program, not to the student, but the student is responsible for sending the check to the program.  The scholarship can be applied to tuition and the cost of materials and supplies purchased from the program, but not transportation costs.

Before you fill out the application form, carefully review the complete cost of your desired summer program and calculate how much to request from ALB.

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

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

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.

The deadline for receipt of the completed applications at the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 2817 Meridian, Bellingham, WA is Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by 4:00 pm.  You may hand deliver it or mail it.  Mailed applications need to be postmarked by March 28, 2018

 Application General Information

2018 Student Check Off Sheet

2018 Application Details

2018 Letter of Recommendations Instructions, page 1

2018 Letter of Recommendations Instructions, page 2

2018 Essay Topics

2018  Publicity Consent

Questions? Please call Assistance League of Bellingham Thrift & Gift Shop at 360-738-2803 and leave a message asking for the Enrichment Scholarship chairperson to call you back.

Middle School Enrichment Scholarship Awardees, 2017

Congratulations to the Whatcom County students who won Enrichment Scholarship Awards from Assistance League of Bellingham in 2017!

Over $45,000 in scholarship money was raised through our Thrift & Gift Shop sales and other fundraising efforts.

Scholarships were awarded to thirty-one middle school students for a total of $10,334.  High school students received forty-three scholarships for a total of $45,503.

Blaine Middle School
Sylvie Lausier, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts
Cameron Otterstad, Drayton Harbor Music Festivals

Fairhaven Middle School
Ellie Joan Wolverton, Wild Whatcom (Glaciers and Mt Meadows)
Marcus Kanenaga,Space Camp
Clara Kelly, WWU Chamber Days
Mathew Carson, Daluiso Digipen Institute of Technology
Amyiah Serdahl, Wild Whatcom
Reese Yoshiki Watabayashi, John Hopkins U Center for Talented Youth
Keller Morrison, Canoe Island French Camp

Kulshan Middle School
Serenity McAlister, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts

Lummi Nation
Celina C Wilson, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts

Lynden Middle School
Maddison Phillips, Kathleen Deen’s Childrens Musical Theater

Meridian Middle School
Christopher J Lann, Sounds of Summer Music Festival

Shuksan Middle School
Callie Ann Showalter, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth
Flynn Larson, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts
Miranda Slater, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth
Harleen Sakaur Sarn, Bellingham Dance Company
Kevin Landa, WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts
Isabella Prince, Worldstrides

Vista Middle School
Jakob Alexander Markin , WWU Odyssey of Science and Arts
Malachi R Dunham, Boy Scout Camp Parsons
Cole Arun Drinkwater, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony
Jordyn Elizabeth Ives, Drayton Harbor Music Festival

Whatcom Middle School
Luna Jacobs, Wild Whatcom (Glaciers and Mt Meadows)
Ezra Carter Price, Wild Whatcom (Baker River/Watson Lake)
Samantha Schwartz, Northwest Ballet Academy
Solea Kunchick, Wild Whatcom
Julia Heywood, YMCA camping/leadership
Chloe Ordello, Wild Whatcom (Cascade Crossing)
Minh Chau Nguyen Truong, YMCA Bellingham
Logan James Neal, Pace Atelier

High School Enrichment Scholarship Awardees, 2017

Bellingham High School
Braden C Brask, Peterson Conservatory
Julia Rachel Schwartz, Houston Ballet Academy
Tessa Christine Kilcline, NY Times Summer Academy
Dylan Benjamin Patera, Lewis & Clark Forensics Pioneer Debate
Mary Dana Clement, WWU College Quest
William Michael Rositzke, WWU College Quest
Zachary D Murdzia, Marrowstone Music Festival
Elizabeth Kaytlyn Mellor, WWU College Quest
Alexandra Mellor, WWU College Quest
Tena Faith Bear Don’t Walk, WCC (running start math)
Emma Ritchie, Summer at Cornish Art and Design

Blaine High School
Shubh Karman Walia, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
Quila Rose Welch, WWU College Quest
Nikolaus Fricker, WCC (running start math)
Patrick Michael Monogue, Stanford University

Ferndale High School
Benjamin E Jolly, BYU
Lucida D Olson, EWU Satori Camp
Iolante Hill-Locke, WWU College Quest
Nathan Pringle, BYU (Theater Workshop)

Lynden High School
Martel Karb, Boy Scout Camp
Paisley Marie Kaur, Lynden HS FBLA

Nooksack Valley High School
Amya Houston, WWU College Quest
Sabrina Walid Azzam, WWU College Quest

Mt Baker High School
Grace Erien Eddie Stargell, Envision National Youth Leadership Forum

Sehome High School
Anishka Duggal, Davidson THINK Summer Institute
Yoshimi Lin, Marrowstone Music Festival
Jae-Chan Lee, Marrowstone Music Festival
Josie Richey, Lake Samish Music Camp
Joyce Haejung Kim, Suzuki Education and Research Assoc.
Alec McGreevy, Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend
Megan Gill, International Thespian Festival
Mary Eileen Griffin, Russian American Foundation Inc.
Riley Cooper Steele, Envision National Youth Leadership Forum
Alexander Birch Daluiso, Digipen Institute of Technology

Squalicum High School
Kaitlyn Campion, WWU College Quest
Alea Sonnon, Wild Whatcom (Cascade Crossing)
Jacob Mark Lann, Peterson Conservatory of Music and Art
Ngac Chau Nguyen Truong, WWU College Quest
Angela  Sohal, Lewis and Clark Forensics Pioneer Debate
Samantha Elaine Owens, WWU College Quest

Windward High School
Thomas Lebitz-Braden, Drayton Harbor Music Festival
Aidan Michael McKernan, WWU College Quest
Mason Marie Waller, Museum of Flight (WA Aerospace Scholars)



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