SCORE FAQ

How long is the application?

Can I participate in both a SCORE and a Scramble?

Can international students participate in SCORE?

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted in to a SCORE program?

How do I find out who else is on my SCORE trip?

When and where do I need to arrive for my SCORE trip?

What can I do with all my stuff?

I haven’t done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

What should I bring?

What is the cell phone policy?

What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

I have a medical condition/ dietary restrictions. How can I let you know?

How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

Where will I be staying and working?

When and where does SCORE end?

How are meals going to be handled?

How does the program address safety issues?

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Who will be my trip leaders?

 

How long is the application?

The SCORE Application should only take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Can I participate in both SCORE and a Scramble?

Because SCORE runs from August 22nd until August 29th, the trips overlap with regular Scrambles. However, a student can sign up for Early Scrambles.

Can international students participate in SCORE?

Unfortunately, the international student orientation overlaps with the SCORE program, so international students cannot participate in SCORE.

 

When will I find out if I've been accepted in to a SCORE trip?

SCORE Applications opened on May 21st and are due by midnight on June 10th. Applicants will be notified by e-mail by July 1st.

 

How do I find out who else is on my SCORE trip?

Once selected to participate in a SCORE, the Community Service Summer Intern will send students a link to the SCORE facebook group, where you can see who else is on a SCORE, ask leaders questions, and get excited!

 

When and where do I need to arrive for my SCORE trip?

SCORE participants need to arrive before 4:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd at Reid Campus Center.  Trip leaders will be able to pick up students who arrive on Horizon flights into Walla Walla.  When students arrive, there will be check-in, orientation, dinner, and team building before the groups head out to their separate sleeping locations.

 

What can I do with all my stuff?

If you live close to Whitman and plan to have your family come to help you move in on the 29th, we highly recommend you arrive with only what you absolutely need for your SCORE trip. If that is not a possibility, there will be storage provided on campus until you return from your SCORE trip. If you'll be storing things, please plan to arrive closer to 3:00pm on Thursday, August 22nd.

 

I haven't done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

SCORE programs are designed for anyone interested in getting to know the Walla Walla community outside the "Whitman bubble" while meeting new friends and other incoming students. Our trips will include both participants with a lot of community service experience and folks who are brand new to it.

 

What should I bring?

Accepted students will receive a detailed packing list in August.  Essentially, students will need work clothes, a good pair of work shoes (closed-toe, hard-soled), clothes for after work, toiletries, pillow, sleeping bag and pad (if possible), and a great attitude!

 

What is the cell phone policy?

To make sure that the SCORE trips are focused on service and inter-group bonding, SCORE participants will not have access to their cell phones during the trip.  The Assistant Director of Student Engagment will keep them safe and sound in their office (to be returned at re-orientation), or you may store them in your luggage that remains on campus.  However, you may use your trip leaders’ cell phones to call home during the evenings or for emergencies.  Your pre-trip information sent out in August will include the phone numbers of trip leaders and coordinators so students can contact their families (and vice versa) during the SCORE trip.

 

What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

The cost of participating in a SCORE is $375, which includes seven nights of lodging, twenty meals, transportation in the Walla Walla area, evening activities, trip leader expenses, a program t-shirt, and a small donation to our partner organizations. Payment will be due by July 10th. Pro-rated trips are available to students with significant finanical need. If you would like more information about this please contact Abby Juhasz, Community Service Coordinator at communityservice@whitman.edu.  Back to top.

 

I have a medical condition/ dietary restrictions. How can I let you know?

Accepted students will be notified by July 1st and asked for additional information such as medical conditions or dietary restrictions that trip leaders should know about it. This additional information is due no later than July 10th.

How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

In August, SCORE students will receive a pre-trip packet, and included will be an overview of the week's itinerary.

 

Where will I be staying and working?

Participants will be sleeping at local churches in the Walla Walla area. All of our work sites are located in the Walla Walla Valley, none of them more than half an hour from the sleeping site.

Students will be driven by trip leaders to their work site every day. Please note that you will not be on campus at all during these trips.

 

When and where does SCORE end?

All SCORE trips will return to Whitman's Reid Campus Center on Thursday, August 29th at 9:00am for new student arrival.  Leaders will be available to help with storage pick-up and moving into residence halls.

 

How are meals going to be handled?

The majority of your meals will be prepared as a group at your sleeping location. There will also be opportunities to go out to eat at some local "student favorite" spots in town. All meals are included in the program fee.

 

How does the program address safety issues?

All participants are covered under Whitman's insurance policy. Trip leaders attend a two-day training and will be First Aid certified by the Red Cross. As none of the locations are remote, trip leaders will always have cell phone contact with campus.

 

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

• If you cancel before July 10th, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee.
• If you cancel after July 10th but prior to August 1st, the Community Service Office will retain 50% of the trip fee.
• From August 1st throughout the duration of SCORE, all trip fees are non-refundable.

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Here are the 2013 SCORE Leader Bios:

Ellen Ivens-Duran

Hi SCOREos!
My name is Ellen Ivens-Duran and I hail from the crazy and wonderful city of Los Angeles. I went on a SCORE last summer and had an absolutely fantastic time. At Whitman, I am associated with Peer Listeners, Adopt-a-Grandparent, and Whitman Teaches the Movement. This year I'll be getting involved with America Reads, America Counts and my future digs, the Community Service House. I am so excited to introduce y'all to the wonders of Walla Walla and Whitman, especially the community service opportunities. SCOREs are awesome, and I know we'll be having tons of fun together! If you have any questions about SCORE or Whitman, feel free to email me (ivensde@whitman.edu)! I can't wait to meet all of you!!! See you soon. :)

Tristan Gavin

Hello SCOREers,
My name is Tristan Gavin and I am a rising senior from Santa Cruz, CA. I am an English major, ex-varsity athlete, current club athlete, and editor for the school newspaper. I am an avid reader, beginning ukulele player, and a horrible singer. I've also been doing a lot of managing recently, including a fantasy baseball team comprised of San Francisco Giants (my favorite team) and a twitter account comprised of bad puns (my favorite theme). Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I like Taylor Swift's new album even though she has strayed far from her country image. I can't wait to meet you all.

Katie Steen

Dear SCORE-os,
My name is Katie Steen and I am a rising sophomore. I am from Boulder, Colorado and will (probably) be majoring in Gender Studies with a minor in German and possibly a focus in Religion! I love to do community service through Whitman; I participated in a SCORE myself, went on a Spring Break Service Trip to New Orleans, and volunteered at Walla Walla High School and Berney Elementary once a week during the last school year. I will also be working with the Student Engagement Center next year to plan campus-wide service events! I am so psyched to get back to Walla Walla and show y'all around while we do service together! I also sing in the Whitman Chorale, do Zumba, and will be a co-president of the feminist group (FACE) on campus next year. Get excited for SCORE - it is how I met some of my closest friends and mentors at Whitman, and I know it is going to be an absolute blast. Counting down the days until I get to meet all of you!!

Hanna Mosenthal

Hi scoritos!
I'm a rising senior from Bristol, Vermont majoring in Economics. I just got back from a year abroad in France and then Mexico and now I'm kickin it around Walla Walla for the summer, taking care of adorable children and doing other odd jobs. At Whitman, I play flag football, am involved in Action for Animals, and am the chair of my sorority, Theta's, big annual philanthropy event Walla Walla's Best Dance Crew. In my free time I love vegan baking, skiing, crafting, and watching grey's anatomy. I went on the food and hunger score my freshman year, and a service trip to the Seattle area to work on refugee and resettlement issues my sophomore year. I can't wait to participate in my second score with all of you! 

Samuel Curtis

Hey SCORE participants!
My name is Samuel, and I'm going to be a sophomore this year. I went on a SCORE trip last year, and had such a great experience, that I wanted to go on one again this summer! A little bit about myself: I'm a HUGE fan of nordic skiing, and it consumes my winters. I'm from Corvallis, Oregon. I like music, every genre, you name it (except for country... and don't even get me started on country music). I'm planning on being a BBMB or Chemistry major. I can balance a lot of pencils on my face. Melon popsicles are my popsicle of choice. I love watching Walla Walla sunsets from the wheat fields, and if you're in my SCORE group, expect to experience that at least once. As a kid I always wanted to be an astronaut. I still want to be an astronaut. If you can relate to any of those tidbits, find me during your SCORE trip or on campus and spark up a conversation, I'd love to chat. I look forward to meeting everyone in a few weeks, I'll see you soon!

Helen Angell

Hello! My name is Helen and I am a senior politics-environmental studies major here at Whitman. I hail from Seattle, but have in the last three years learned to love the rolling wheat fields and tumbleweeds of Walla Walla as much as the waterways and evergreens of Puget Sound.  I wasn't able to go on a SCORE before my freshman year, so I am stoked to have the chance to lead one before my last year on campus!  When I'm not in class or studying in one of Walla Walla's quiet coffee shops, you'll most likely find me in one of the following places: attending an environmental club meeting in the top floor of Reid, attempting experimental recipes in my kitchen, building sets in the theatre's scene shop, or tromping around the organic garden.  I'm spending my summer in Colorado working on a campaign for education reform and (more importantly) backpacking in the Rockies, but I'm excited to get back to the Wallas and start our SCORE trip!

Lucinda Sisk

Hi! My name is Lucinda Sisk, and I'm a rising sophomore from Flagstaff, Arizona. I've grown up in the Southwest, but spent my senior year of high school and subsequent gap year in Vancouver, BC. I'm currently planning on studying music and math at Whitman, and I have a deep love of running, summer rain, Bananagrams, and sunrises. Someday, I want to travel the world, write a novel, and create an album - probably not concurrently, but who knows! As for right now, I'm spending this summer at home, waitressing and interning at a local music venue. Enough about me though - I'm beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead a S.C.O.R.E this August, and I can't wait to meet all you amazing participants! One of my favorite parts of Whitman by far has been getting to know my incredible fellow students. I'm looking forward to some great conversation as we meander Main Street, get ice cream at Brights, and build houses, grow food, or remove invasive species. Hope to see you in a few short months!

Katy Crestol

HEY SCORErs!
I can't wait to finally meet you!! My name is Katy, and I am a rising junior from sunny Irvine, California majoring in biology and minoring in art history. This summer before leading a SCORE I'll be working as a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp close to home in southern California, singing camp songs and canoeing (and hopefully not getting too sunburned). On campus I am involved in a variety of student clubs and organizations, my favorite being the Whitman Events Board, and I also have the super fun job of introducing prospective students to Whitman as an overnight host for the Office of Admission. Outside the classroom I love being involved in the Walla Walla community as a participant in the Mentor Program, the Buddy Project, and College Coaches, and I am stroked to be living this fall in the Community Service House. I've truly enjoyed my experiences stemming from being engaged in the larger Walla Walla community and I am SO EXCITED to welcome you to your new home! :) Feel free to email me with any questions at crestocm@whitman.edu. Have an awesome summer, and see you in August!!

Nick Hochfeld

Hey High-SCORErs!
My name is Nick Hochfeld and I come from the rainy lands of Corvallis, Oregon.  I'm a rising sophomore planning on studying biology, music, Chinese, or politics.  I'm SUPER excited to meet all of you and show you how cool Whitman can be!  I LOVE music, running in the rain, Arrested Development, peanut butter oreos, jazz remixes of pop songs, international flags, petting baby animals, Stratego, my school, horrible puns, foreign languages, and long walks on the beach.  My secret passion is yoga, or as I like to call it yo yo bro-ga.  At Whitman I´m involved in Model United Nations, Wind Ensemble, and the Story Time Project.  Currently, I'm spending my summer in Peru for six weeks, working on building clean burning stoves, ceramic water filters, teaching kids English, and petting llamas.   I can't wait to meet every one of you during our SCORE; trust me, it's going to be freakin' awesome! Feel free to shoot me a Facebook message or come talk to me whenever, wherever on campus!  I love my school with all my head and heart, and I'm going to love sharing it with you!  You guys really SCOREd this time ;)

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