100% of our scholarship funds come from donations, and in 2018 we were able to provide full or partial scholarships to 46 campers who otherwise may have not been able to attend camp. Here is a message from one of our scholarship recipients:
"At AICL I am surrounded by other people that like learning, math, testing, thinking, creating, and similar things just as much as I do. When I go to camp, I don’t have to fake being interested in the “popular” things like phones or social media. Instead I can be my nerdy, math-loving self. Thus, camp isn’t just a place that I have fun, like during camp wide zombie hunts or talent shows; it isn’t just a place where I get to take really cool classes like “How Do We Learn” or “Science of Sweets”; it isn’t just a place where I can think outside the box; it isn’t just a place where I can discover new strengths and work on my weaknesses, and it isn’t just a place where I can make friends. It is a place where I am surrounded by other people that can also be their nerdy selves, artsy selves, reading selves, funny selves, happy selves, and true selves and still belong to an amazing camp community.
This is why scholarships are so important. It allows everyone interested to belong to the AICL community. It allows everyone to have an equal chance to get to take amazing classes. It allows all kids like me to be able to have an experience that we will never forget and that shapes the rest of our lives."
We also use donor support to purchase items for our classrooms and continuously improve the programming offered by our organization. AICL is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and contributions may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.