The Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Fund supports highly motivated Bay Area educators who are interested in participating in BAWT’s Wilderness Leadership Training. The scholarship will enable educators with limited resources to provide Bay Area youth with meaningful outdoor experiences. The award seeks to acknowledge youth workers committed to the youth they serve, who have a love for the outdoors and passion for education.
Apply for the Amy Chamberlain Scholarship
This scholarship was established by BAWT to honor Amy’s life. Amy was BAWT’s Development Committee Co-Chair and she loved the outdoors with a passion. This scholarship honors Amy’s service to BAWT, her joyous spirit, her commitment to youth, love for nature, and desire to help others through outdoor experiences and education.
Each scholarship provides full tuition to BAWT’s Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT), as well as additional post-course support services including site visits by BAWT staff or scholarship committee members during the 12 months following WLT participation. Approximate value of services is equal to $1000.
Eligibility and Requirements
Each applicant must be either staff or a volunteer from a youth organization or school serving youth from low-income backgrounds. The school or organization must be located in any of the following nine counties: San Francisco, Marin, Contra Cost, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Napa, or Santa Clara.
The scholarship recipient is expected to lead a minimum of two outdoor trips within a year of their WLT for the youth they serve. Recipients are required to capture their experiences of their trip through testimonials and photographs. Also, the recipient is encouraged to share their experiences at a BAWT sponsored event – this is optional.
The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant most qualified by their job or volunteer performance and proven commitment to youth. Applicants need not have significant outdoor experience themselves, only a love for the outdoors and a passion for education. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the scholarship committee.
Application Process and Deadlines
Applicants must complete and submit the online form one month before the pre-trip meeting of the WLT course that they are applying for. Applications received after these dates may still be considered, though with lower priority. The scholarship for each course will be announced three weeks before the pre-trip date.
The applications are reviewed by volunteers on the Amy Chamberlain Committee. BAWT thanks the Scholarship Committee for their hard work raising funds for these scholarships.