Assistance League of Bellingham offers 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. 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.
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. (Assistance League of Bellingham itself does not offer summer camps or programs). Not every summer camp or program qualifies for Assistance League Bellingham’s Enrichment Scholarship Program.
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.
Unacceptable programs 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.
Note: This program will be open for applications in JANUARY 2020. Date to be announced. For more detailed information about the application process, see Enrichment Scholarship page under “Programs” tab.