At the Clambake Society Scholarship, we take your health seriously. In all likelihood, nothing we do will make the slightest bit of difference to your health, but we take your health seriously, because, you know, it’s scary out there. So we wanted to let you know what precautions we’re taking to protect your health and that of your loved ones:
- we have no office
- you should not try to visit us
- our members are observing limitations on large group gatherings by 1) being a group of not that many people, and 2) not gathering
- if we experience symptoms like fever or shortness of breath, we will still mostly not be anywhere near you
- as always, if you need to transact business with us, you may do so online
- ** although it’s unclear whether our future winner will be attending college in person this fall, our scholarship selection and gifting process will continue unchanged. if the winner is unable to attend their chosen school this fall, we will be happy to wait a year, and possibly more if there are extraordinary circumstances, to send their check. **
Stay safe out there, everybody.
The Clambake Society is excited to belatedly announce that Elizabeth Weddle has won the 2019 Clambake Society Scholarship! Her creativity, honesty, and empathy showed through in all her answers, but the part about setting goals higher than you might achieve really spoke to us, and we’re excited to hear where she goes in the future. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Tomorrow! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Awesomeness Returns! After years of focusing 80% of our time on Betterment, 17% on Edification, and 4% on Unknown*, we’re bringing the Awesomeness back!
Clambake Society Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner!
6 PM Saturday June 9 at Rhinelander Country Club!
Described much more ably and promptly on our Facebook event page, so check that out! Probably goes without saying, but the people who have RSVPed yes on the Facebook event are a small fraction of those who will be there!
Great food! Confirmed silent auction items valued at over $2500, including a WXPR day sponsorship (!!), a 2 hour tattoo sitting (!!), tons of awesome food items, and a full week’s (!!) vacation (!!) at a Gulf Shores condo (!!). And there will probably be more last-minute stuff we don’t even know about yet! A didgeridoo? A cabbage? Advanced gene-splicing equipment? We don’t know! You’ll have to show up to find out!
* percentages don’t total to 100 due to rounding
Announcing! The 2018 winner of the Clambake Society Scholarship is Colton Krueger! The first future college athlete we’ve selected (as far as we were told, anyway!) (football at Hillsdale!), the creation he wrote about was also in the area of athletics! Frisbee baseball looks fun all around, but the diagram is what really sold us. Congratulations to Colton and since we’re posting this well after his first year at college was done, we hope he had a great first year!
Thanks for another great year, everybody! Lots of good applications, and the choice between the final three was pretty tough! Winner to be announced RHS Scholarship Night as usual!
Fun fact about exclamation points! Our second application, in 2008, featured these “questions”:
- Write a mundane anecdote and make it exciting through the magic of punctuation!!!
- How many exclamation points have you written or typed in the past year?
The winner’s answer to the latter question included the line “I believe that exclamation points should only be used in extreme cases where they are warranted, such as losing a limb or buying a new car.” At the time, that was pretty close to The Clambake Society’s official position. But things change a lot in a decade, and we now believe the only sentences that don’t deserve exclamation points are the boring ones. Think about it. Thinking emoji.
Where’s, like, the “re-post” button on this thing? Everything’s the same as last year except the dates! Even if this website doesn’t always show it, we’re always excited to do this! Thanks everybody!
Get your eyes checked, because you are, in fact, seeing double! Hot on the heels of our successful 2016 fundraising campaign, Bare Bones* (Email) Blast 2016, comes the most hotly anticipated email of the year: Email Blast 2017: The Copy-Pastening. Our original idea for a new 2017 fundraiser did not come to fruition this year, but we continue to work on that idea and other new ideas behind the scenes, while also revisiting old ones. Watch this space for more info…
As always, we’d like thank everybody who has contributed in the past. With your help, we’ve collected more than $30,000 for awesome RHS graduates, and given scholarships to 12 of them. Your support means a lot to us, because giving back, and remaining connected to Rhinelander, mean so much to us.
But without further ado, we’d like to direct you to the hardest working page on this site, the “Donate” page. While the 2018 tax code may end up being very different, your 2017 donations will still be tax deductible for sure. Receipts will be emailed to donors in January. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
* as we understand it, “half-assed” is not considered safe for polite conversation, so we’re not going to say that, even though “Half-Assed Email Blast” has such a nice ring to it.
Congratulations to Shelby Kuehn, our 2017 winner!
As we mentioned before, this was the most difficult decision we’ve had in a long time, and for positive reasons. Each judge votes based on their own criteria, but the consensus was that five different applicants had the best submissions for at least one of the eight questions. A couple of the runners-up had some of the finest single answers we’ve ever received.
Shelby’s application was solid from start to finish, but her original creation was uniquely moving and took us to places we’ve never been in our years of judging. She’s going to UW-Stevens Point next year to study education, and we’re sure her future students will be lucky to have her. Congratulations, Shelby. We wish you the best in the future. And thanks to all the 2017 applicants for a very memorable year!
We just want to take a moment out of another busy day in the lab judging applications to say “thank you” to everyone who applied. In the past when we’ve gotten a smaller number of applications, it has usually meant an easier decision process, because usually one or two have stood way out above the rest. This year, despite the number of submissions being down, we’ve been really impressed by the thoughtfulness, depth, and beauty of several of them. This is one area where we really appreciate having a more difficult choice, and we thank you for what you’ve shared with us. The winner will be announced at the RHS Awards night.
We really wanted to use this photo, but we were afraid that the colors in the test tubes might give away whose application we were analyzing.
WOOOOOHOOOOOO, IT’S 2017 SCHOLARSHIP SEASON ALREADY AND THAT MEANS IT’S TIME TO POST A “PDF COPY” OF THE EXACT SAME FILE THAT YOU CAN GET ON THE RHS WEBSITE! YEAH!
FOR THE CASUAL OBSERVERS, THERE’S NOTHING IN THE WAY OF MEANINGFUL UPDATES SINCE LAST YEAR, SO YOU DON’T REALLY NEED TO BOTHER LOOKING AT THIS ONE! FOR THE APPLICANTS, YOU’VE HAD LIKE A WHOLE YEAR TO COME UP WITH GREAT ANSWERS TO THESE EXACT SAME QUESTIONS, SO WE EXPECT GREAT THINGS, HAHAHAHAHAHA.
We’re looking forward to the day when we can remove the “no Miley Cyrus” admonishment from the instructions. Could this be the last year we need it? Probably?
Good luck, have fun, if you’re doing a haiku, it would be better if you could make it non-sports-related, but that instruction/admonishment isn’t in the official instructions, so we won’t officially give you a hard time about that. That said, do remember that there’s more to haiku than structure and meter.