Assistance League of Bellingham

Enrichment Scholarship Program

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IMG_1436In 2015, Assistance League of Bellingham awarded $46,441 in summer enrichment scholarships to 66 middle and high school students in the public school program in Whatcom County. We hope to repeat that service in 2016!

Awards were given to 44 students at the high school level and 22 from middle school level.

Twenty-one students will go to a music camp, ten students will go to a dance program, ten to a college preview program at WWU, and the remainder to a wide assortment of programs including outdoor leadership, aerospace engineering, theater, art, bird biology, computer science camp, and camp counselor training.

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

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

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

What is our Enrichment Scholarship 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!

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.

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