APPLICATION GENERAL INFORMATION
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, Bellingham, WA, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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 email@example.com with any questions.