We’re so excited to announce today that, due to the generosity of the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association, there will now be official scholarships available for girls to attend camp who might not otherwise be able to.
This amazing work came about in large part due to the efforts of Eddy Eckart, a former Green Team member and a dear friend of mine. He is so invested in Alleghany, it’s really touching to me, especially that he spearheaded this scholarship program while working full time and going to graduate school at night. His work would not be possible, though, without the help of his devoted committee comprised of alumni and parents: Beth Rothman Rusnak, Lauren Stevens, Jeanette Foster, and Thomas Bradshaw. Thank you to all of you for your help in getting this up and running!
Eddy has had a devoted committee of team members helping him, but it’s his energy and passion that has gotten this underway. He also tirelessly makes phone calls to alumni during his free time to encourage them to donate to our scholarship fund, which is tax-deductible.
We have scholarships!
And after doing so much to make it happen, we finally get to announce that it has happened and that you can now apply for scholarships for next summer!
The purpose of the Lantern Scholarship is to assist persons who otherwise could not financially attend Camp Alleghany, and to promote social and economic diversity at camp. The CAAA will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion.
All the information — including income qualifications — about applying for the Lantern Scholarship can be found here, and you can download an application there, too.
The deadline to turn in an application is February 1st, and applicants will hear back from the committee by March 1st.
Our friends in the CAAA
Another great thing about the scholarship is that it was an initiative by the active and engaged Camp Alleghany Alumni Association, an organization that in some ways supports but is wholly independent of Camp Alleghany.
Their mission is not only to connect and continue the relationships made as campers at Ghany, but also to provide gifts to the camp such as capital enhancement projects like the new Play Hall porch, which the CAAA helped fund last year.
Like many educational organizations, Camp Alleghany is a business first. But the relationships formed over the years often compel attendees to find a way to give back to the place that meant so much to them, and that is part of the effort by our dear friends in the CAAA and we cannot thank them enough. Due to their generosity we are often able to move faster on projects that otherwise would not be possible yet. And that is great for the people who matter the most — our campers!
Membership to the CAAA is $25/year, and donors can make donations to the CAAA beyond that $25 in any amount they want. However, those donations are not tax deductible as this association is not a non profit organization.
However, donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible as they are organized in-part through a partnership with the American Camp Association and do fall under a non-profit status.
The season of giving
We hope you will not only join the CAAA if you’re a Ghany alum, but will also become actively involved in it. We also hope that with the launch of this scholarship, you will help donate to make many more girls’ dreams come true as campers at Camp Alleghany.
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls