Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness 2020 scholarship competition open for entries

For over a decade, Friends of Scotchman Peaks has given high school seniors a chance to show their love for wild country. This year, the FSPW scholarship competition will award scholarships in Sanders, Lincoln and Bonner Counties for the best essays on the theme “A most memorable wilderness experience.”

Over the years, wild tales of life-changing days, heartwarming events, harrowing adventures and moments of sublime peace have been submitted.

Entries are judged on the power of the story, passion of the writer, sticking close to the theme and writing skill. Over the years, wild tales of life-changing days, heartwarming events, harrowing adventures and moments of sublime peace have been submitted. Many previous entries can be viewed at scotchmanpeaks.org/category/voices-in-the-wilderness/ or  scotchmanpeaks.org/category/blog/

Winners receives a certificate and a check for $250. This is paid directly to the winner upon graduation, and may be used as they see fit. This scholarship has no minimum GPA. It doesn’t require a commitment for college, though FSPW hopes winners will continue on in school.

The essay may be about a first-hand experience of the author or a story related to the author.

The essay may be about a first-hand experience of the author or a story related to the author. The experience can happen in any wild place and portray traditional wilderness activities such as backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, berry picking, or horseback riding.

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 10, 2020. Download the entry form at https://www.scotchmanpeaks.org/pdfs/FSPW2020ScholarshipApplicationForm.pdf

For more information, contact info@scotchmanpeaks,org

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About The Author:

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 bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), 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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