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American Trails establishes the “Hulet Hornbeck” Youth Scholarship Fund

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The “Hulet Hornbeck” Youth Scholarship Fund will provide training and mentoring opportunities at the American Trails International Trails Symposium to inspire young adults to choose a career path so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world – as Hulet did… Download the details of the Hulet Hornbeck Youth Scholarship Fund (pdf 300 kb)


Mentors needed to guide Youth Scholarship recipients during Symposium

The scholarship fund is looking for mentors. Download the Mentor Letter and the Mentor Application to learn more.


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Volunteer mentors are being sought for the 21st International Trails Symposium held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Radisson Resort near Fountain Hills, Arizona. Mentors are needed to help introduce youth participants to professionals and provide information about job and career opportunities in conservation and resource management. This experience will aid in developing new trail and natural resource stewards and leaders for the future.

Through funds provided by generous sponsors, American Trails is proud to offer 20 scholarships from the American Trails Hulet Hornbeck Fund to youth between the ages of 18-25 to attend the Symposium

In addition to attending the Symposium, chosen scholarship winners will experience a one-day field trip emersion focused on all types of recreation trails and resource management issues. They will also work on a service project, network with Symposium participants, and absorb and contribute to the overall Symposium experience.

Scholarship candidates should be youth who have an interest in conservation and/or outdoor recreation and are interested in pursuing more learning, and possibly career paths, in natural resource management. Scholarship recipients are expected to arrive in Phoenix on April 13 for a meet-and-greet dinner. The following day will be spent participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking in addition to meeting with agencies’ staff and nonprofit and business owners involved in outdoor recreation and resource management. A dinner to kick off the Symposium will be held later that night. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate fully in the Symposium, including a presentation session related to youth and outdoor recreation, then enjoy a wrap-up dinner at Saguaro Lake Ranch on Wednesday night, and depart on April 18. Scholarship funds will cover the cost of Symposium registration, flights, ground transportation, shared lodging at Saguaro Lake Ranch, and meals.

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Responsibilities of Mentors

Mentors will be asked to:

• Mentor one youth scholarship recipient during the Symposium (April 14-17) and make an earnest attempt to understand his or her career ambitions, questions, and concerns and to offer advice and connection opportunities.

• Participate in a mentor conference call the week before the Symposium.

• Join us for a brief on-site orientation and to meet your mentee on the morning of April 14.

• Make a deal with your mentee which outlines the expectations for the week (more on this will be provided upon matching the mentee/mentor).

• Sit with your mentee at Keynote Sessions and meals once daily on April 15 and 17.

• Introduce your mentee to any relevant contacts in attendance and help to make connections; promote your mentee’s talents.

• Recommend resources, books, websites, or networks that your mentee might benefit from.

• Assist your mentee, as needed, in navigating conference logistics and in selecting sessions.

• Continue a professional mentoring relationship after the conference has concluded on a voluntary basis if both parties are interested in such.



Mentor Applications

If you are interested in mentoring, please complete the brief application and submit to as soon as possible. The committee will work to match mentors and mentees based on professional interests and have all matches made by March 8. Download the Mentor Letter and the Mentor Application to learn more.

The scholarship recipients will stay at the nearby Saguaro Lake Ranch ( and ground transportation will be provided each day to the Symposium venue. Mentors are invited to stay there as well. It’s a beautiful setting and a bit more affordable than the Fort McDowell Resort. You will be responsible for your own lodging and other costs, but may enjoy the opportunity for more discussion with your mentee and other youth participants.

Please email with any questions, or simply complete and return the attached application by February 8. Thank you in advance!


About Hulet Hornbeck

The American Trails Hulet Hornbeck Youth Scholarship Fund will provide unique training and mentoring opportunities to inspire young adults to choose a career path so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world— as Hulet did.

Hulet Hornbeck organized the first National Trails Symposium in 1971 and was a founding board member of the National Trails Council, the predecessor organization to American Trails. He then actively and enthusiastically served on the National Trails Council for 17 years and on the Board of Directors for American Trails for over 16 years. Hulet inspired the American Trails Board throughout the years with his zest for life, integrity, wisdom, passion for trails, and unwavering vision for preservation. Hulet enjoyed a distinguished career as Chief of Land Acquisition for the East Bay Regional Park District from 1965 through 1985, and was well-known for his many years of volunteer efforts on behalf of trails. Learn more about Hulet by visiting his “In Memoriam” page on the American Trails website.


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