Meet Sara's Scholarship Recipients
2008-09 Scholarship Recipient
I was awarded the Sara Leone Scholarship this past spring and it changed my life. I attended the Chewonki Girls Camp Session I, Penobscot White Water Kayaking Expedition in June. I feel like I came back from camp a different girl than when I went. It taught me that I could push myself a lot farther than I ever could have imagined ... that I could survive and thrive on my own. I would like to say, hands down, that this trip was the best thing that has EVER happened to me! I will never forget it. It has changed my life.
~ Becca, September 2009
Abigail Foster & James Andretta
2009-10 Scholarship Recipients
I couldn’t thank you enough for providing this experience for students at my school, and then actually picking me to go. I had the best summer of my life.
~ Abby, July 2010
Read about Abby's camp experience
This trip was such an experience for me...
~ James, July 2010
Read James' note from camp
February 2011 photo from left to right: Ryan Linehan (Chewonki's Summer Wilderness Programs Director); Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset High School Outing Club Advisor); Joseph Chapman; Annalisa Haase; Genell Vashro (Chewonki's Girls Camp Director); Carol Leone (Teens To Trails)
Outdoor experiences can help you connect with yourself as well as others. I love the feeling you get when you are standing on top of a mountain or the feeling of achieving excellence after you are done with a long hike... This is literally the coolest thing I ever did! ~ Joe
photos of Joe on the Appalachian Trail ~ with fellow backpackers
I think being outdoors helps you get away from problems in life. I can make new friends, explore and find new things. ~ Annalisa
Annalisa challenges herself ~ whitewater kayaking on the Penobscot River
Shania Marr & Nicholas Brackley
2011-12 Scholarship Recipients
February 2012 photo from left to right: Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset High School Outing Club Advisor); Nicholas Brackley (Scholarship recipient); Carol Leone (Teens To Trails); Shania Marr (Scholarship recipient); Sara Hirsch (Chewonki)
Shania joins Chewonki's Wilderness Trip ~ Whitewater Kayaking on the Penobscot
The outdoors teaches life skills including responsibility, leadership and perseverance. ~ Nicholas
I am writing to you from Ice Cave campsite at 1000 ft above sea level on the Allagash Lake. We just finished our 3-mile portage to Allagash Lake a few miles ago. I have met some incredible people on this trip: 2 from Russia, one from Texas, 2 from Maine, 3 from New York, and 2 from Massachusetts. I just wanted to write you to say thank you for this incredible experience. I cannot find words to describe its awesomeness.
~ Nick on Northern Woods Canoe Trip, July 2012
I think the experience was definitely life changing. It gave me different outlooks on nature and that I don't need makeup to feel pretty. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to gain new skills and get to know new people – not just by living together in tents but also relating to being away from home and knowing what everyone gave up to be there. I really hope the Sara's Scholarship is able to continue to give more teenagers this wonderful opportunity! ~ Shania
Maeve Carlson & Andrew Corson
2012-13 Scholarship Recipients
February 2013 photo from left to right: Ryan Linehan (Chewonki's Summer Wilderness Programs Director); Andrew Corson; Maeve Carlson; Carol Leone (Teens To Trails); Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset High School Outing Club Advisor)
This opportunity was one I will never forget. ~ Maeve