Common Theme and Community Read

2017-18 Edmonds CC Community Read Scholarship Application

Two $1,300 and several smaller tuition scholarships will be awarded in March 2018! 

Each year, the Edmonds Community College Foundation sponsors the scholarship program in connection with Edmonds CC Community Read. The text chosen for the 2017-18 Edmonds CC Community Read is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates with a supplemental read of The United States Constitution. Awards include two $1,300 scholarships and several smaller scholarships (applied as vouchers toward Spring quarter tuition). Note: Running Start scholarship recipients maximum amount is $750 per student. 

Eligibility for Edmonds CC Community Read Scholarship

All Edmonds Community College students enrolled in tuition based programs are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This includes full-time students, part-time students, international students, online students, and Running Start students. Running Start students are not eligible for the full ($1,300) scholarship amount, but are eligible for the smaller scholarships (amount to be determined).

Students must have read the book Between the World and Me in order to apply. Copies of the book are available free of charge (while supplies last) at the Edmonds CC Bookstore, Library, and directly from the Equity and Inclusion Dept., in Maltby 113 and 116.

Scholarship Application Deadline (extended!)

The scholarship application and project deadline is  March 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. Applications and accompanying projects can be turned in to the  Equity and Inclusion Dept at Maltby 113 and 116. Any questions about the scholarship application process should be addressed by email at or contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at 425.640.1538.

Scholarship winners will be announced by Friday, March 30, 2018. Scholarships will be applied as a tuition voucher for Spring Quarter 2018.

Scholarship Application Requirements

To apply for a scholarship, students are asked to read the selected book and submit the following:

  1. An application cover sheet which includes:

    Your name
    Your phone number
    Your email
    The title of your application
    Name of your faculty endorsement
    Description of enrollment status (e.g. full-time, part-time student, Running Start, etc.)

  2. Proof of enrollment at Edmonds CC in a tuition based program (this can include a copy of your winter quarter schedule). Applicants may be full-time students, part-time students, international students, online students, and/or Running Start students.

  3. A project addressing any of the themes of the book Between the World and Me  by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Projects may relate to any topic discussed in the book that interests the applicant. Projects that undertake cultural, economic, social, artistic, historical, literary, political, scientific or technological themes are suitable. A wide range of project formats will be accepted. For example, students may write an essay, design a visual display, perform a dance or musical interpretation, present a multimedia interpretation, produce a website, etc. 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 welcomed and encouraged.

  4. A 500-800 word reflective essay which describes the project's connection to the text and the student's process in creating that project. The applicant should also connect the project to the College mission and explain this connection. The Edmonds Community College Mission:

    Teaching | Learning |Community
    Guided by innovation, equity, inclusion and a global perspective, we are committed to...
    Academic Excellence, Student Success, and Community Engagement

  5. A faculty endorsement letter. This letter should be submitted in hard copy or as an email by any Edmonds CC faculty member who is familiar with the student and his/her work on the scholarship application. Students may gain such an endorsement whether or not they are enrolled in a course that is studying Between the World and Me. Note: Faculty members who serve on the scholarship award committee may not judge student projects for which they have submitted a written letter of recommendation.

Questions and Scoring Rubric

Please see the rubric for information on scoring of the applications. For any questions on this scholarship or application process, please contact Equity and Inclusion program manager Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at or 425.640.1538.