Congratulations to Alexa, Josie, Ryan, & Ta’sha, our Thru-Hiker Scholarship recipients!
Alexa (left) is a senior at Beaver Local High School in Columbiana County. She will attend Notre Dame College in the fall and pursue a major in Communications.
Josie (middle left) is a senior at Grand Valley High School in Ashtabula County. She plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Ryan (middle right) is a senior at Malvern High School in Carroll County. He will attend The University of Akron in the fall.
Ta’sha (right) is a first-year student at The University of Akron. She graduated from Malvern High School and is now pursuing a degree in Political Science.
The Thru-Hiker Scholarship is a unique non-renewable award available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tenderfoot’s founders, Lindsey and Travis, are endeavoring to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for both scholarships and startup needs for Tenderfoot Learning Lab. This hike-a-thon will take approximately 6 months, from May to November 2018, and will cover 2,190 miles. 50% of the hike-a-thon proceeds will go to scholarships, up to $5,000 per student. Please help us reach this maximum amount for our recipients by donating or pledging on our hike-a-thon page.
Note: Many people have asked if this scholarship is to fund student enrollment in a semester-long experience at Tenderfoot Fair Trade Learning Lab. The answer, in short, is no. Our semester-long experiences are a long-term goal and likely won’t be available until Spring 2020. This scholarship is our way of immediately working toward our mission of making higher education more affordable, particularly for students from regions that are under-represented in colleges and universities. Any current high school senior or college freshman from Northeast Ohio Appalachia who will attend a 4-year college/university in Fall 2018 was eligible to apply. The scholarships will be applied to the recipients’ accounts at these schools to defray their costs.