The Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station will again offer the $300 Kimball Memorial Scholarship to a homeschool graduate for use during the 2013/2014 school year. Previously homeschooled students who are currently in college are also welcome to apply, if they have at least one year of school remaining.
Since most colleges and many organizations subtract writing scores from SAT and ACT results when considering scholarship applications, we’re evening the score by offering an advantage to those who did well in that category. We believe writing to be a most important skill! For this reason, we are inviting those who scored highest in the writing category of the SAT or ACT to apply for this scholarship without the requirement of writing an essay.*
Our application process is flexible. You may answer as few or as many of the questions as you wish. You may add or attach anything you want to your application (although it will not be returned to you). We do not require personal information, even your transcript, unless you are selected as the winner.
- Must have homeschooled for at least three years in high school, and have received a homeschool diploma.
- Must have been actively involved in community service throughout high school.
- Must be accepted into a college, university or other educational organization for the 2013/2014 school year.
- Must currently be a high school senior or enrolled in college.
- Complete the Kimball Scholarship Form. (If you are not able to open this form, please email us.)
- Submit an essay or other artistic work. See below for subject options. (This is an optional requirement for some.)*
- Submit three to five letters of recommendation; one may be from a parent. The letters do not need to have been written specifically for this application.
- Be prepared to submit a high school transcript, and acceptance letter from the school, if selected.
Essay or other creative work: What you choose to create is flexible, but should in some way relate to the U.S. Life Saving Service, shipwrecks or the U.S. Coast Guard. Use your imagination! Everyone who receives an honorable mention for this requirement will have the option of having their work published on the Web site.
Some ideas to consider:
A short story (fiction or non-fiction) about someone living or serving at a Life Saving Station or someone involved in a shipwreck.
An original drawing depicting some aspect of the Life Saving Service or a shipwreck.
A game or video having to do with the Life Saving Service.
A short history of the Life Saving Service, the Coast Guard, or a shipwreck.
Deadline: Must be postmarked by June 20, 2013. Mail to: Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station, 22409 Pacific Highway, Ocean Park, WA 98640.
Selection criteria: We don’t want you to waste your time applying for a scholarship that isn’t the right fit, so here’s what we’ll be looking for. Community involvement and volunteer service is of primary importance, as well as evidence of great character. This scholarship does not focus on grades, other than an indication of your ability to perform college-level work. If you’ve spent your high school years focusing on yourself and your grades, that’s great, but there are academic scholarships that would be a better fit. Involvement in scouting, AWANA, mission trips, local charities and similar activities will be a plus. A creative essay or other artistic work may help you stand out.
*We realize that some great writers may have found it difficult to write a timed essay during the SAT or ACT test, and we don’t want to penalize them. They are welcome to apply, but the essay portion of the application will be required, and not optional. Those who choose to apply without submitting an essay or other creative work must submit their SAT or ACT scores, showing the writing score to be the highest.
Have questions? Email us!
†Please note that the requirements and criteria for submission are subject to change at any time.
2012 winner: Elizabeth Syson of McNeal, Arizona
2011 winner: Benjamin Houde of Topsham, Maine
To see artistic works from previous years, click here.