Common Theme and Community Read

Scholarship Information

$1,300 Covers Spring Quarter Tuition | For Three Awardees

Three scholarships of $1,300 to cover spring quarter tuition are available to Edmonds Community College students who participate in the book read and complete a project based on it.

Eligibility: All Edmonds Community College students enrolled in a tuition-based program.


  1. Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Buy a copy at the College Store or borrow a copy from the library.
  2. Submit a prospectus, faculty endorsement, and a project related to the book.

What to Include in the Application

  1. A 250 word (or less) prospectus which:

    • Describes the nature of the student's project (interpretive dance, software program, essay, website, and so forth);
    • Explains clearly the project's connection to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks;
    • Indicates current enrollment in an Edmonds CC course (if applicable); and
    • Indicates by signature whether or not your project can be displayed publicly at Edmonds CC events (This is encouraged, but not required!).

  2. A faculty endorsement. Students must obtain a brief written letter of recommendation from a faculty member that endorses the proposed project. Students may gain such an endorsement whether or not they are enrolled in a course that is studying The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Endorsement letters may be provided by teaching faculty, library faculty, and faculty associated with the various laboratories. Note: Faculty members who serve on the scholarship award committee may not judge student projects for which they have submitted a written endorsement.

  3. A project that addresses key themes of the book, using the following guidelines:
    • Submissions may undertake any topic related to the book that interests the applicant. Projects that undertake cultural, economic, social, artistic, historical, literary, political, or technological themes are suitable.
    • A wide range of project formats will be accepted. Students may write an essay, create a software program, design a visual interpretation, perform a dance or musical interpretation, present a multimedia interpretation, produce a website or undertake a math or science project.
    • 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 encouraged. Ethnographic-story collections, photographic essays, and memoirs, for example, serve well as a means of personalizing a project.
    • The project may result from a course assignment, an extra-credit project, or simply the initiative of a student who wishes to try for an award.

Submit Applications in Hard Copy and Electronically by January 31.

Hard copy to: Humanities and Social Sciences Division staff | Alderwood 218.

Electronic copy to: Ksenia Koon | ksenia.koon@edcc.edu


Apply by 5 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31.

Hard copies: ALD 218
Electronic copies: ksenia.koon@edcc.edu

Winners announced Feb. 13.