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Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program

Meet the 2015 Emerging Leaders: photos and bios

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We're actively seeking $2,500 sponsorships to support this amazing program. $2,500 = one scholarship. Won't you please help us out and be recognized for your investment in the next generation of trail and conservation professionals?

It's easy to Sponsor an Emerging Leader!

DOWNLOAD the 2017 Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities packet (pdf 1.5 mb)...

CLICK HERE to make a smaller donation. All donations are appreciated!

The 2015 youth program immersed the scholarship team in learning best practices and trends in the field to help pave the path to careers in natural resource management. The 2015 program included:

Given the spectrum of challenges surrounding human health, underserved communities, and disengaged youth, we are particularly excited about the symposium’s commitment to explore innovative strategies in these realms. We look forward to having several sessions address these issues and highlight successful interventions from the field, including programs that break down barriers for engaging in the outdoors, particularly among youth of diverse backgrounds.

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It's easy to Sponsor an Emerging Leader

Download the 2017 Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities packet (pdf 1.5 mb)...

Benefits of sponsorship include:





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A follow-up survey sent to the 18 emerging leaders from our 2013 program were unanimous in rating their day in the field as “AWESOME!”

"I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 International Trails Symposium as a youth scholar. A year later, the mentors and connections that I made during my time at the symposium continue to support and guide my career in water trails. Supporting this cause is not just sponsoring youth to participate in a conference; it is equipping the next generation of young leaders with resources to create positive change in their field." - Natalie Warren (2013 Scholarship Recipient)

"Through the American Trail's Emerging Leaders Program I learned about the various aspects of trail implementation and connected with experienced mentors; but most importantly the program offered me the opportunity to collaborate with other inspired millennials on ways to sustainably preserve and expand our country's network of trails for the betterment of its future." - Katie Pitstick (2013 Scholarship Recipient)

"Thanks 2013 Emerging Leaders Program Committee for all you have done for this program! I look forward to seeing it grow and succeed in the coming years!" - Jon Gellings (2013 Scholarship Recipient)

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program Committee

Check out last Symposium's scholarship recipients...

See "20/something Vision: The Next Generation of Leadership"...

About Hulet Hornbeck

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The Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program was launched in 2013 as part of the American Trails International Trails Symposium in Arizona. The program named in memory of lifelong trail activist Hulet Hornbeck, brought 18 talented young adults to the Symposium on scholarship.

Hulet was a key player in organizing the first National Trails Symposium in 1971, and was a founding board member of the National Trails Council, predecessor to American Trails. He actively served on the Board of Directors for American Trails for over 16 years. The Emerging Leader Scholarship Program was named in honor of Hulet to inspire young adults to choose a career path so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world – as Hulet did.

Learn more about Hulet Hornbeck's life and accomplishments...

The Hulet Hornbeck Award is given to individuals who, like Hulet Hornbeck, exemplify long-standing vision and wisdom in support of trails. Pat O’Brien was the 2013 recipient...

Questions on the Emerging Leaders Program? Contact Amy Camp, Emerging Leaders Committee Chair, at symposium@americantrails.org or (530) 605-4395.


Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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