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Read the book, apply for the scholarship by March 4


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind cover

The 2010-11 Edmonds CC Community Read book for the year is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. Three $1,000 scholarships are available to Edmonds CC students to be used for spring quarter tuition at the college from the Edmonds CC Foundation.

To apply for the scholarship, students must complete a project based on the book. See below on how to apply. Scholarship winners will be announced March 11.

Apply by 5 p.m., Fri., March 4.

Scholarship recipients will be announced March 11


Any Edmonds CC student enrolled in a tuition-based program


Read "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"

Create and complete a project that addresses key themes of the book, using the following guidelines:

  • Submissions may undertake any topic related to the book that interests the applicant. Projects that undertake cultural, economic, social, artistic, historical, literary, political, or technological themes are suitable.
  • A wide range of project formats will be accepted. Students may write an essay, create a software program, design a visual interpretation, perform a dance or musical interpretation, present a multimedia interpretation, produce a website or undertake a math or science project.
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate imagination and creativity; projects that connect with the local community or with the student's own experiences, whether in this or another country are encouraged. Ethnographic-story collections, photographic essays, and memoirs, for example, serve well as a means of personalizing a project.

Include in the application:

A 250-word or less prospectus that:

  • Describes the nature of the student's project (interpretive dance, software program, essay, website, and so forth); --Explains clearly the project's connection to "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind";
  • Indicates current enrollment in an Edmonds CC developmental English course (if applicable); and
  • Indicates by signature whether or not your project can be displayed publicly at Edmonds CC events during the winter quarter (this is encouraged, but not required!).

A faculty endorsement. Students must obtain a brief written letter of recommendation from a faculty member that endorses the proposed project. Students may gain such an endorsement whether or not they are enrolled in a course that is studying The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The project may result from a course assignment, an extra-credit project, or simply the initiative of a student who wishes to try for an award. Endorsement letters may be provided by teaching faculty, library faculty, and faculty associated with the various laboratories. Note: Faculty members who serve on the scholarship award committee may not judge student projects for which they have submitted a written endorsement.

Submit applications in hard copy as well as electronic form. 

Submit hard copies to the support staff in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division located in Alderwood 218.

Submit electronic copies to Christopher Bell, ACCE Faculty Liaison at cbell@edmonds.edu.