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NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation proudly announce the 2014 NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program. Twenty-four high school students were selected from more than 160 applicants from Alcoa communities around the world, representing 18 countries. This summer, these Scholars will participate in a 10-day program immersed in the wonder and science of Yosemite National Park while building connections with each other.
“Alcoa Foundation’s focus areas are environment and education, and our geographic focus is regions where Alcoa operates,” said Tricia Napor, Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation. “We are excited about the new partnership with NatureBridge because it brings our two focus areas together while engaging youth from Alcoa communities around the world. We believe the experience of being immersed in nature while studying science will have a long-term impact and inspire the students to become ambassadors of sustainability.”
The Scholars will learn from NatureBridge environmental science educators as well as National Park Service scientists. These lessons will provide background in the natural history of Yosemite in order to give students a strong environmental and historical sense of place for the park. Scholars will deepen their interpersonal connections during a four-night backpacking trip in the Yosemite Wilderness during which they will explore remote granitic landscapes, discuss pertinent environmental issues from a global communities perspective, and end each day sleeping under the stars.
“It is an honor and pleasure to have students from Alcoa communities all over the world come together and experience one of America’s treasured landscapes, Yosemite National Park,” said Jason Morris, Executive Vice President, NatureBridge. “We hope they take the ideas and the science and the wonder of what they learned back to their home communities to make the world a better place.”
The NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars will complete their journey with an ecosystem restoration project designed to rejuvenate the iconic yet fragile meadows of Yosemite. Over the course of the program, they will gain the tools necessary to make meaningful connections to their home environments. NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars will leave a positive impact on Yosemite as Yosemite will surely leave a positive impact on them.
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. These residential programs connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, including Google, Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Society, Oracle, REI, and Wells Fargo. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.