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2019-20 Edmonds College Community Read Scholarship Application 

Two $1,300 and several smaller tuition scholarships will be awarded in March 2020! 

Each year, the Edmonds College Foundation sponsors the scholarship program in connection with Edmonds College Community Read. The text chosen for the 2019-20  Read is American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera.  Awards include two $1,300 scholarships and several smaller scholarships (applied as vouchers toward Spring quarter tuition).

Note: Running Start scholarship recipients maximum amount is $750 per student. 

Eligibility for Edmonds College Community Read Scholarship

All Edmonds College students enrolled in tuition-based programs are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This includes full-time, part-time, international, online, and Running Start students. 

Students must have read the book American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera in order to apply. Copies of the book are available free of charge (while supplies last) at the Library and directly from faculty who have assigned the book for their classes.

Scholarship Application Due March 6, 2020 by 5 p.m. PST

Scholarship Application workshops will be offered Winter quarter and these dates will be posted soon.

Paper applications and accompanying projects can be turned in to the  Equity and Inclusion Dept. at Maltby 112. Electronic submissions are accepted - please provide a link to large files - and may be emailed  to bd.decarlo@edmonds.edu or contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at 425.640.1538 for any questions about the scholarship application process. Please connect with us; we are excited about your project!!

Scholarship recipients will be announced by March 16, 2020. Scholarships will be applied as a tuition voucher for Spring Quarter 2020. Thank you for your interest! 

**NOTICE**: Due to the recent shift to online platforms and teleworking, we will notify recipients by March 25. Tuition due date has been extended to April 6 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your submissions! 

Scholarship Application Requirements

To apply for a scholarship, students are asked to read the selected book and submit the following:

  1. An application cover sheet which includes:

    Your name
    Your phone number
    Your email
    The title of your application
    Name of your faculty endorsement
    Description of enrollment status (e.g. full-time, part-time student, Running Start, etc.)

  2. Proof of enrollment at Edmonds College in a tuition based program (this can include a copy of your winter quarter schedule). Applicants may be full-time students, part-time students, international students, online students, and/or Running Start students.

  3. A project addressing any of the themes of the book American Like Me  by America Ferrera. Projects may relate to any topic discussed in the book that interests the applicant. Projects that undertake cultural, economic, social, artistic, historical, literary, political, scientific or technological themes are suitable. A wide range of project formats will be accepted. For example, students may write an essay, design a visual display, perform a dance or musical interpretation, present a multimedia interpretation, produce a website, etc. 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 welcomed and encouraged.

  4. A 500-800 word reflective essay which describes the project's connection to the text and the student's process in creating that project. The applicant should also connect the project to the College mission and explain this connection. The Edmonds College Mission:

    Teaching | Learning |Community
    Guided by innovation, equity, inclusion and a global perspective, we are committed to...
    Academic Excellence, Student Success, and Community Engagement

  5. A faculty endorsement letter. This letter should be submitted in hard copy or as an email by any Edmonds College faculty member who is familiar with the student and his/her work on the scholarship application. Students may gain such an endorsement whether or not they are enrolled in a course that is studying Between the World and Me. Note: Faculty members who serve on the scholarship award committee may not judge student projects for which they have submitted a written letter of recommendation.

Questions and Scoring Rubric

Please see the rubric for information on scoring of the applications. For any questions on this scholarship or application process, please contact Equity and Inclusion program manager Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at bd.decarlo@edmonds.edu or 425.640.1538.