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Wilderness group begins annual scholarship program

| February 25, 2012 12:02 PM

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness once again is soliciting entries for its annual scholarship contest.

The competition is open to any graduating senior at high schools in Sandpoint and Clark Fork, Idaho, and Libby, Troy, Noxon, Thompson Falls and Plains, Mont.

A $250 scholarship will be awarded for the winning essay from each school, with an additional $250 rewarded for the best essay, overall.

This scholarship will be paid directly to the individual upon successful graduation, and may be used as they see fit.  This scholarship has no minimum GPA, nor does it require any commitment for higher education.

The essay should be typed, double-spaced and of 250 to 750 words in size 12 font addressing the following theme: “A most memorable wilderness experience.”

This may be a first-hand account of an experience of the author or an account of a story related to the author by a friend or relative.

The experience may have happened in any Wilderness, designated or proposed, and must portray traditional wilderness activities such as backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, berry picking, or horseback riding.

Scholarship forms are available from counselors at each of the high schools, or by sending an e-mail request to

The deadline for entry is April 15. In Bonner and Sanders County, mail entries to Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, P.O. Box 2061, Sandpoint, Idaho,  83864.

In Lincoln County, please mail your entries to FSPW Lincoln County Coordinator Molly Kieran, P.O. Box 696, Troy, Mont., 59935.