House Scholarship Helps Kids Go to Camp

By Kaileigh Deacon


For some soldiers, their desire to serve their country results in them paying ultimate sacrifice and leaving a void in the lives of their family. For the House family, they chose to fill the void left by their son Joel and created a scholarship in their son’s honor. Joel was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

The scholarship is a fund that helps kids pay for their admission to summer camp. Joel loved going to camp and to honor his memory his parents created a scholarship fund that they could use to help kids who may not otherwise be able to afford to go to summer camp. Any camp in the United States or Canada is acceptable and there are no restrictions on what kinds of camps can be attended. Camps may be focused on arts, academic, sports or any camp that gives kids an opportunity they might not otherwise get. 

This year, the Houses’s received an anonymous donation of $15,000 to be divided among the applicants to help with camp costs. Normally they receive around fifty applicants which split the money in the fund. The Houses’ hope to get between 50-100 applicants, which would be a record number.

For the application, students have to write out a reflection piece on the ‘Price of Freedom.’ Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are welcome to apply as long as they are residents of the State of Maine. The applications can be found on  The deadline for applications is May 31st.

“We are helping kids reach for their dreams through Joel’s loss,” Joel’s mom, Deanna, said. 

Sergeant Joel House served his country and paid the ultimate sacrifice, but his memory lives on in the scholarship fund. For more information on the scholarship and about Sergeant Joel House you can visit