Scholarship Winners for 2017

Kid for the Wild Scholarship 2017

We had some terrific applicants this year and it was difficult to narrow the number of recipients down.  Below is a list of the scholarships awarded this year.

1. NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust)… Registered in Namibia as a non-profit trust, NaDEET is a vibrant environmental education organization. At the core of NaDEET’s programs is our environmental education center located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Children and adult participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment. Our environmental literacy and outreach programs complement the Centre’s activities and expand its reach nationwide.


2. Giant Junior School….Originally started by Peace Corps in Kyanbura village on the boundary with Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda). Historically conflicts between locals and wildlife encouraged generations of poaching.  The opportunity to educate and employ locals inspired this school and community involvement.  Locals were employed as Park Rangers and kids have an n opportunity for education and involved in conservation and wildlife clubs.  Now, through private donations this school continues to educate local youths and encourage community involvement in this education.

3. Alpen Girls..offers and exciting opportunity to make lasting friendships, camp in tents or under the stars, cook and eat good camp cuisine, enjoy daily yoga and relaxation, challenge yourself physically and mentally, fuel your enthusiasm for wild and scenic places and to experience a larger world.  Alpengirls are expected to display acts of human kindness and develop and appreciation of individual differences.  There is a huge diversity in the type of people encountered at the camp.  Some will have similar lives outside of camp and others will have very different lives.

Camp can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, to new cultures and to new ways of being.  Alpengirls have open minds and open hearts.   Sarah Baker and Meredith Maxwell are both attending an Alpen Girls camp this summer with the aid of a Kid for the Wild Scholarship


4. Traveling School…The Traveling School offers teenage girls ages 15-18 the opportunity to explore the world and learn about themselves through academic, physical and cultural challenges.  Sixteen motivated young women and four inspiring teachers travel to a unique region of the globe for 15 weeks.  Students earn full credit, immerse in new cultures and develop outdoor skills.  They build so much confidence during this transformational semester.     Ruby Loffelholz will be with the Traveling School this fall semester with the aid of a Kid for the Wild scholarship