The Camp Staff Scholarship program has grown significantly since its inception in 1996 when a total of three small scholarships were given out. This summer, 112 college-aged staffers serving at Bartle, Naish and Rotary received over $150,000 towards their education! During the past five years scholarships awarded have grown by 132% and the number of staff receiving grants has grown by 22%.
This program is designed to reward our best college-aged staff with grants that augment their staff salaries, enabling them to continue working at camp while combating the high costs of a college education. The scholarships vary in value, topping out at $4000, and they are merit based, so the highest performers receive the highest awards. This is the only staff scholarship program of its caliber in the nation, and because of that we have seen a strong retention of our quality, experienced staffers.
Where does all this money come from?
The scholarships come from a combination of annual donations and interest earned from the ever-growing Camp Staff Scholarship Endowment. A volunteer steering committee was formed in 2010 to raise money and oversee the program.
The scholarships from the camp staff alumni endowments also received a big boost this past year thanks to the leadership of David Allen (Piercing Arrow), Kelsie Clark (Naish), Rob Dickinson (Sawmill), and Tom Lanio (Lone Star). If you would like to give please reach out to them or the HOAC office.