Sara's Scholarship Awarded to Two Wiscasset Events
2017 Sara's Scholarship recipients Matthew Chapman and Megan DeLong (front) are joined by Carol Leone of Teens To Trails (front right), and (back row, left to right) Arieanna Mills (2016 recipient), Keith Crowley of Chewonki, Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset Outing Club Advisor), Gabby Chapman (2015 recipient), and David Fairfield (2016 recipient)
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SARA'S SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO TWO WISCASSET TEENS
Megan DeLong and Matthew Chapman to go on outdoor adventure with Chewonki
WISCASSET, MAINE: March 13, 2017 – Teens To Trails and Chewonki are pleased to announce that Megan DeLong and Matthew Chapman, both sophomores at Wiscasset High School, have been chosen to receive Sara's Scholarship ~ Engaging Teens in the Outdoors, given in memory of Sara Leone who was lost to the Wiscasset community when she was in her sophomore year at the high school 11 years ago.
“This will be the 9th year that Teens To Trails has proudly partnered with Chewonki to award this scholarship," said Carol Leone, Sara’s mother and Founder of Teens To Trails. Megan believes that "outdoor experiences are essential to life." Matt is hoping to further his love of nature, meet new people who share his passion, and grow his leadership skills. Both recipients will spend three amazing weeks with Chewonki’s Wilderness Trips for Teens. “We know these experiences can change a life,” says Leone, “and we hope Megan and Matt return with memories to last a lifetime.” It is also hoped that this Scholarship will spark student interest in the outdoors, inspire student leadership in high school Outing Clubs, and encourage the growth of Outing Clubs across Maine – all goals of the Teens To Trails organization.
This full scholarship is made possible by the heartfelt donations of Sara's many friends and family and a committed partnership between Teens To Trails and Chewonki. "We are thrilled to team up with Teens To Trails and support two local teens this summer," said Emma Carlson, Director of Chewonki Wilderness Trips. "Our Wilderness Trips offer students 3 weeks of full immersion in the natural world where they are able to learn about themselves and be valuable members of a small community." Donations to keep Sara's Scholarship going can be mailed to Teens To Trails at 98 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011, or made online at the T3 website.
TEENS TO TRAILS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization engaging teens in the Maine outdoors through their promotion of and support for high school Outing Club programs. Teens To Trails was first inspired by the Outing Club at Wiscasset High School which has been getting teens active outdoors for years. T3’s goal is to establish an Outing Club in every Maine high school community, thereby promoting outdoor experiences, healthy lifestyles, and the nation’s next generation of caring stewards. To read more about Sara, the Sara Scholarship Program, Teens To Trails and Outing Clubs, or to get involved, visit www.TeensToTrails.org.
CHEWONKI is an environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki began in 1915 as a camp for boys, but has grown to comprise the boys camp, a semester school for outstanding high-school juniors, traveling natural history programs, an outdoor classroom for visiting school groups, and wilderness trips for teens, adults, and families. Through its educational initiatives, Chewonki demonstrates and teaches the importance of living sustainably. For more information about Chewonki and their summer programs for teens, visit www.chewonki.org.