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We are now accepting application for our 2022-2023 Wilderness Fund Scholarship!


The Wilderness Fund Offers Students an Experience of a Lifetime!

The scholarship provides the full tuition cost plus travel expenses* for a student to participate in an Outward Bound program, the leading provider of outdoor education programs that allow young people to explore their personal potential. Expeditions include backpacking trips, mountaineering trips, whitewater rafting trips, canoeing trips, dog sledding expeditions, sailing trips and many other offerings.
Click here to read an article on last year’s recipient and her Outward Bound expedition on the Colorado River!
  *Scholarship award up to $4200 is paid directly to Outward Bound to cover cost of the trip. Additional $1,000 reimbursement of travel and related expenses will be paid to recipient upon submission of verifiable receipts.  
Upon receiving a scholarship, awardees will have the opportunity to choose an expedition and experience that works best for them. Most expeditions take place in the summer between the first week of June and the third week of August, and typically run for 4-15 days depending on the chosen course.
View the Outward Bound Expedition Catalogue

The Wilderness Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation provides a FULL scholarship for a select number of high school students from Scranton, West Scranton, Riverside, Old Forge, Mid Valley, and Valley View to experience the rugged wilderness by participating in the Outward Bound experience! Applications are accepted via our online scholarship portal from now until February 15, 2023. Interested students can create an account* and start an application via the “Apply Now” button below.
Apply Now
  *To create an account, please follow the instructions on the login screen after clicking the link above  

“This trip was amazing! I was able to meet new people and learn about their culture and part of the world. I now know where my strengths lie.” – 2020 Wilderness Fund Scholarship Recipient

The Wilderness Fund was established in 1998 by an anonymous donor with the belief that all children need the opportunity to see the world, explore nature, and discover themselves along the way. Every year since its creation, the fund has provided several students with a scholarship to participate in the Outward Bound program.
To learn more about this opportunity please contact at the Scranton Area Community Foundation.