Thanks to generous support from donors and chapters, ADK offers scholarships for participants in its teen education and trail programs. College students may also apply for the Maegan E. Spindler Scholarship to cover the cost of a workshop or certification program.
One award per applicant, per year. Each scholarship covers up to $500 of one program’s cost. Click below to read more about each scholarship and to apply.
ABOUT OUR SCHOLARSHIPS
MAEGAN E. SPINDLER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Maegan E. Spindler Education Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by the friends and family of Maegan Spindler. Maegan was a young biologist who was very passionate about the natural world and outdoor recreation. The Adirondacks were the place where she got her start as a conservationist. At age 25, Maegan tragically lost her life to a drunk driver who struck her and a colleague while they stood in a parking lot. In the face of this tragedy, her friends and family found a way to honor Maegan’s life in a meaningful and lasting way. This scholarship will sponsor at least one high school and/or college student each year to participate in one of ADK’s education programs with the intent of continuing to foster Maegan’s love for the natural world.
JANE C. NEALE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Jane C. Neale Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by the friends and family of Jane Neale. Jane was very passionate about the Adirondacks and the conservation of it through ADK’s Field Programs. An Albany Chapter member, Jane led many hikes for the Chapter as well as trail projects. Her passion for the trails was exemplified in her service as Chair of the Trails Committee for several years. During this time she conducted many trail workshops, particularly aimed at getting young people involved in trail construction and maintenance. Through the Jane C. Neale Scholarship, Jane’s legacy will be carried on through the youth who wish to participate in our volunteer trails program. Recipients of the Jane C. Neale Scholarship have their participation fee waived when volunteering for a five-day high school trail project. For 2020, four recipients will be selected.
SEAN A. KELLEHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Sean A. Kelleher Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Gail and Brian Kelleher in memory of their son. Sean was a very passionate hiker, and it is the wishes of Sean’s family to allow students the opportunity to experience the outdoors by participating in the Adirondack Mountain Club’s High School Volunteer Trail Program. The recipient of the Sean A. Kelleher Scholarship will have their participation fee waived when volunteering for a five-day high school trail project.
ADK’S WOODS WOMAN SCHOLARSHIP
The Adirondack Mountain Club Woods Woman Scholarship was started by former ADK Volunteer Trail Crew Leaders in 2014 to encourage and celebrate young women who are passionate about pursuing trail work and outdoor lifestyles. The young woman chosen for this scholarship will have her participation fee waived for the five-day high school volunteer trails project.
GLENS FALLS/SARATOGA TRAILS SCHOLARSHIP
In continued support, the Glens Falls/Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club would like to offer students who reside in the Gens Falls / Saratoga region a chance to get out and volunteer on the trails. The recipient of the Glens Falls/Saratoga Chapter Scholarship will have their participation fee waived when volunteering for a five-day high school trail project.
TAHAWUS TRAILS LLC
Tahawus Trails LLC would like to offer young people the opportunity to participate in backcountry trail projects. The senior staff in Tahawus Trails LLC all had deeply enriching experiences while working on High School Project as teenagers, and would like to allow other young people the same opportunities. The recipient of the Tahawus Trails LLC Scholarship will have their participation fee waived for a five-day high school project.
SCHENECTADY CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP
In continued support, the Schenectady Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club would like to offer students who reside in Schenectady County a chance to get out and volunteer on the trails. The recipient of the Schenectady Chapter Scholarship will have their participation fee waived when volunteering for a five-day high school trail project.
ADK Scholarship Application
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