Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness 2011 essay competition opens.

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.

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Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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