If you are a prospective partner, please contact Eli Fox, Outreach Coordinator.
What Is The Pinnacle Scholarship Program?
The Pinnacle Scholarship Program isOutward Bound’s signature scholarship program, founded in California in 1992.The program provides full tuition scholarships for highly motivated youth from economically disadvantaged communities to attend an Outward Bound wilderness course. After a competitive application process, participants embark on a 10 to 24 day summer wilderness course in the High Sierra. After course, each scholar will have a 6 month follow-up survey or phone call to discuss the course experience and how the skills and experiences have transferred home.
Why the Program Matters
At Outward Bound California we believe that all students need opportunities to experience the outdoors and gain tools to break down barriers, build resiliency, develop character and leadership and achieve their highest potential.
Hundreds of studies demonstrate the benefits of challenging youth in outdoor settings to improve physical and mental health, improve school test scores, reduce stress, increase self-confidence and awareness, improve conflict resolution skills and foster community leaders and environmental stewards.
For example, studies by Nancy Wells of Cornell University, found that exposure to nature increased cognitive functioning and reduced stress among highly stressed children (2000 and 2003).
Additionally, a study from Yale University found outdoor education programs for teens (specifically including Outward Bound) created “pronounced results in enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, autonomy and initiative which persisted through many years” (Kellert, 1998).
These benefits are all the more valuable and life-changing for young people who have never previously had opportunities to get outdoors.
Past and Current Pinnacle Partners
Arvin High School Cal Poly Eastside College Prep Fulfillment Fund Galileo Learning Girl Ventures Golden Gate Nat'l Parks Conservancy Heart of Los Angeles LA Audubon Leadership Public School Richmond Moorpark High School NatureBridge Nevada Union High School New Village Girls Academy Outdoor Outreach SFSU SMART US Forest Service-Generation Green YES Families YMCA- PG&E Teen Center Youth Outside (OEI) The Wilderness School
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