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Submitted by Assistance League of Bellingham

Assistance League of Bellingham has had the Enrichment Scholarship Program since 1980. It is our second largest philanthropy after Operation School Bell® in terms of dollars spent.

Scholarships are awarded to high school and middle school students in Whatcom County, in grades 6 through 11 to attend summer programs of their choice. The scholarships are competitive and are based on merit rather than need. In a typical year we fund between 80 and 90 students.

In 2020, many summer programs were canceled due to COVID-19 so some students were unable to use their scholarships. And, in 2021 the Enrichment Scholarship Program budget was reduced significantly because our Thrift & Gift Shop was closed during the pandemic. Consequently, funds were reduced both in the number of scholarships and the amount awarded in 2021.

For 2022, we are able to offer more scholarships and at a higher amount for each one, compared to previous years. This is due to increased donations, both financial and in-kind to our Thrift & Gift Shop, whose profits support this program.

 To learn more about our summer enrichment scholarship application, visit our website and click on this link. Applications must be postmarked or delivered by March 17, 2022.

The winners of this year’s scholarships will be posted on Assistance League of Bellingham’s website page and Facebook in May.

You can support us by:

  • Making a donation on Assistance League of Bellingham’s website Donate page.
  • Mailing a check to: Assistance League of Bellingham, P.O. Box 2998, Bellingham WA 98227
  • Shopping at our Thrift & Gift Shop, 2817 Meridian St, Bellingham WA 98225
  • Shopping on our eBay site. To find us on eBay, click on this direct link to alb_thriftshop.

All funds stay in Whatcom County to support our community programs. Learn more at assistanceleague.org/bellingham.

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