If you meet the above criteria, you can apply!
Applications for 2022 are open now, open until filled - you can complete the application here!
Course Location: High Sierra
Course dates: July 27 - August 9, 2022
The Outward Bound Pinnacle Scholarship program is guided by a single principle: every person should be given the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion, and learn social and environmental responsibility, regardless of ability to pay. It is Outward Bound California's vision to open access to safe, transformational outdoor experiences and green spaces to students from economically vulnerable communities and communities of color or other non-dominant identities.
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.
A recent call-to-action from Grant Makers in Health highlights a number of studies that show that the link between outdoor access, “and positive health outcomes was stronger for people with low socioeconomic status and living in communities most negatively impacted by systemic racism, trauma, opportunity gaps, and other challenges.”
These benefits are all the more valuable and life-changing for young people who may experience barriers to get outdoors.
The Pinnacle Scholarship Program is underwritten by a $250,000 gift spread over five years from a grateful alumnus and his family, who want to make the Outward Bound experience accessible to youth from underserved communities that have been historically excluded from outdoor experiences, have suffered disproportionately through the COVID-19 pandemic, and face systemic injustice and racism. Current funding supports approximately 10 full-paid Pinnacle Scholars per year. Outward Bound California is seeking community support to grow that number significantly within 3 years.