Whitman Middle School student David Garcia-Cruz shares a moment with family friend Beto Tamayo after being recognized as one of the 50 Assistance League scholarship recipients from the school. Photo courtesy of Assistance League of Seattle
One of the philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Seattle is its Enrichment Scholarship Program (ESP). Through an application process, scholarships are awarded to students within Seattle Public Schools in grades 6 through 11. This year, 17 middle- and high schools participated, and the ESP committee reviewed 91 applications.
Through the efforts of Whitman Middle School counselors, teachers and principals, 50 Whitman students were motivated to write their essays on how going to a summer program or camp this summer would enrich their lives. And all 50 students from Whitman were awarded scholarships to attend the program of their choice.
On May 16, Whitman held an awards ceremony for these 50 students and their parents. They each received an Assistance League awards certificate.
Many students chose to attend outdoor experience programs and are looking forward to bunking with fellow students. Students throughout the school district chose programs in art, dance, theater and culinary arts, as well as university educational outreach programs, music festival programs, Woodland Park Zoo’s animal behavior program and Ryther Children’s Center youth programs.
Funding for scholarships comes mainly from the Assistance League Thrift Shop in the Wallingford neighborhood.