Algonquin Campership Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance through camperships for low-income children ages 8 to 17, especially those from upstate New York, to attend canoe-tripping camps in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

Deadline

December 1, February 1, and April 1

Number and Size of Awards

Number of awards and amounts vary, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each. Note: This aid cannot be used toward the required camp registration deposit.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may cover the cost of attending camp, necessary supplies, and/or clothing.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have financial need. The award applies a sliding scale to assess financial need. See page 5 of the application for eligibility guidelines.
  • Already be registered and have paid the deposit for a wilderness camp in Algonquin Park, such as Camp Northway and Camp Pathfinder. Note: Applying for this scholarship does not reserve a child’s place at camp. Camp registration must be made directly with the camp of choice and requires that parents make an initial deposit to hold the child’s place.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Algonquin Campership Fund Scholarship Committee. A committee comprised of alumni of the wilderness camps in Algonquin Park reviews applications and selects recipients. Note: The individual selection process also includes a personal or telephone interview with the children and their families by a member of the alumni or Algonquin Campership Fund steering committee. Once selection of the recipient(s) has been made, the Community Foundation is notified.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation.

Applications are available below. In addition to the application form, the following must be submitted:

  • Copy of the child’s enrollment application form to a camp in Algonquin Park;
  • Copy of pages 1 and 2 of the custodial parent’s most recent federal income tax return;
  • Submission from the child that reveals his or her interests or ambitions (letter, drawing, music, etc.); and
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher describing how the child would benefit from going to a wilderness camp and what the child would contribute to the camp.

In addition to the completed application and documents listed above, individuals and their parents will be interviewed by a member of the alumni or Algonquin Campership Fund steering committee as part of the application process.

For questions regarding the scholarship, application process, or required documentation, please email scholarships@racf.org.

Individual Application

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation mails a letter to the recipient and payment is sent directly to the camp for the student’s account.

Renewability

This scholarship is not renewable; however, students may reapply each year they are eligible.


Donor Information

This award was established by alumni of wilderness camps in Algonquin Park who want to ensure that children whose families might not be able to afford the cost of camp have access to this life-enhancing experience.


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