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Applications for NOLS aid due by end of this month

Mar 15, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County residents will again be able to apply for a scholarship to attend at National Outdoor Leadership School course. This year, though, the Rocky Mountain Scholarship Fund will provide funding to attend courses at any NOLS branch around the world.

In the past, the scholarships for locals only applied to programs through NOLS's Rocky Mountain Branch in Wyoming and Utah.

Locals have until March 31 to apply aid from the $22,000 fund. Scholarships will cover part of or the whole cost of a summer NOLS course. Applicants must be Fremont County residents and be 14 years old or older.

NOLS schools run courses in 16 locations across the United States and in India, New Zealand, East Africa, Scandinavia, Patagonia and elsewhere. Students can learn backpacking, kayaking, skiing, sailing, wilderness medicine, rock climbing and mountaineering amongst other skills.

NOLS has awarded scholarships to Fremont County residents since 1965.

Some criteria the organization looks at are leadership potential, contributions applicants would make to a course, financial need and academic skills.

Most awards are $500 to $2,000, and funds are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Forms are online at NOLS's website.

Applications should be returned to NOLS Rocky Mountain, Attention: Scholarship Committee, 502 Lincoln Street, Lander, WY 82520

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