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The Maria Dalrymple Camp America Bursary

Are you someone who is committed to helping others in your community, or have you overcome challenges and think you could benefit from this programme? The Maria Dalrymple Bursary could be for you! This bursary will cover Camp America programme fees and US embassy fees, plus a $500 contribution towards after camp travels. 

Maria Dalrymple

Maria Dalrymple served on Camp America’s Board of Advisors from 1993 to 2014 becoming a Special Independent Advisor. In these roles she sought to expand the reach of Camp America beyond the university campus and into under-served communities.  

Professionally, Maria was a Senior Youth Worker and Director of Youth A.I.D, a local youth centre based in Lewisham, South London. Through the work of Youth A.I.D Maria had a clear develop young people to their full potential. She believed everyone deserved opportunities and with her staff team at the centre, worked tirelessly achieving significant and positive changes in the lives of numerous young people across the borough.

Maria worked relentlessly fund-raising for her community projects. She was a remarkable person, generous with her time and attention, and a real friend to Camp America. She died following an illness in 2017, a tragic loss to her family, friends & community.

The Bursary

We have created this bursary to honour and remember Maria and to continue the work that was so important to her. She was active in promoting Caribbean & African culture and advocated passionately for diverse communities. We launch this bursary in Black History Month to recognise a hero in the history of Camp America and particularly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this bursary.

The recipient of the Maria Dalrymple Bursary, will receive financial backing to cover their Camp America programme fees and US embassy fee. In addition to the standard Camp America pocket money, which is paid at the end of camp, the recipient will also receive a further $500 contribution to support after camp travel. 

To apply for this bursary, you will need to be nominated by a youth or social worker that you have previously participated in community projects with. The bursary will be awarded to someone who can demonstrate a commitment to helping others in their community, or to someone who has faced their own challenges and could benefit from this programme.




To apply for this bursary you will need to meet our standard Camp America requirements...

Aged 18+

Aged 18 and over by 1st June 2024.

Available summer 2024

Available to depart for the US in May/June 2024 until late August 2024.

Complete screening

You will be required to complete medical and criminal conviction screening in order to meet insurance and US Embassy requirements.

How To Apply


To be completed by the Nominee:

To apply for the Maria Dalrymple Camp America Bursary, the following form needs to be completed by the youth or social worker: 

Bursary Application Form - Nominee

To be completed by the Recipient:

The bursary recipient should also complete the following: 
Bursary Application Form - Recipient.

Alternatively you can submit an application in video format, answering questions 1, 2 & 3 on our Bursary Application Form to camera, and emailing a video link to: [email protected]

The successful candidate will be notified at the end of February 2024 and a member of the Camp America team will guide them through our application & placement process.

Terms and Conditions


As part of the terms and conditions of the Maria Dalrymple Bursary, successful candidates will be required to...


Complete Camp America application and all placement formalities, including attend an interview, within one month of the bursary being confirmed.


Provide a summer video diary detailing their camp and travel experiences including social media postings.


Failure to participate on the Camp America programme and complete a summer at camp will render the Bursary null and void. $500 travel part of bursary is payable on completion of camp contract & will be paid in the USA.


Any travel costs to attend US embassy interview in London, travel costs to and from Heathrow airport for flights to and from the USA and costs required by GP to complete the Camp America medical form will be at the expense of the Bursary recipient.


Return flight costs to the USA are covered by Camp America via fees charged to the US camp as a standard procedure, so these costs do not have to be paid by the successful applicant.


Consent to publicity associated with the Bursary.


Agree to act as mentor to future bursary awardees.


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