Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness 2011 essay competition opens.

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011 by »

Local high school seniors urged apply for scholarships

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness annual scholarship essay competition for 2011 is now open. Last year, $1750 dollars were awarded to applicants for their essays on wilderness. The competition seeks entries from area seniors written on the theme, “What does wilderness have to teach the ‘civilized’ world?” A graduating senior from each high school in Thompson Falls, Plains, Noxon, Troy and Libby, Montana; as well as Clark Fork, Sandpoint and the Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School in Idaho will recieve a $250 scholarship for the winning essay from each school, with an additional $250 rewarded for the best essay, overall.

“We’ve received some extraordinarily good essays in past years,” FSPW program coordinator Sandy Compton said, “and we will certainly get some more this year. The essay competition is a great way to let young people speak out for wilderness.”

This scholarship has no minimum GPA, nor does it require any commitment for higher education. This scholarship is paid directly to the individual upon successful graduation, and may be used as they see fit. Scholarship applications will be available from counselors at area high schools next week. Seniors may also ask for an application by calling Compton at 208-290-1281 or writing to

Deadline for entry is April 15.

About The Author:

Sandy Compton is the program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. He grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still.

He is a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

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