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the yosemite scholarship

Photo by Lindsey Adams

Photo by Lindsey Adams

The backstory

Established in 2017, the Yosemite Scholarship was created by a member of the Trail Mavens community in loving memory of a family member. This scholarship will cover costs for one woman to attend Trail Mavens' upcoming Yosemite Backpacking + Half Dome Summit adventure.

The Maven sponsoring this scholarship spent a lot of time with her family member in Yosemite over the years, hiking, rock climbing and camping. She has chosen to remain anonymous.

She has found healing and inspiration through her recent Trail Mavens adventures, and hopes that this scholarship will help provide a similar experience to a woman who might be unable to cover the cost of a trip.  

The adventure

September 16-18, an intimate group of five Mavens and a guide will tackle Yosemite's most iconic feature: Half Dome.  

Full trip details:

Photo by Lindsey Adams

Photo by Lindsey Adams

the application

Nominate yourself or someone you know by completing the appropriate questionnaire below.

Why two nomination options? While we think it's important for women to own up to their awesomeness, it's not everyone's cup of tea. If you know an incredibly deserving woman who would never, ever apply herself, please nominate her (but make sure you check to see if she's interested / available first). 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Friday, August 25, and we'll announce the recipient on Tuesday, August 29. Submissions will be reviewed by the creator of the Yosemite Fund.

With only one spot and dozens of applicants, we encourage you to make your application as compelling as possible.