SUWA’s Stewardship Scholars
Our Stewardship Program works with a range of youth, student, and professional groups to advance access to Utah’s public lands and provide education on the issues at the heart of our mission to preserve and protect Utah wilderness.
As an organization, SUWA acknowledges the barriers many communities of color face when seeking solace in wild, natural places despite having an equal right of access and an equal stake in the health of the outdoors. We also acknowledge that communities of color are rooted in values for a clean, healthy, and resilient environment.
Our Field Service Scholarship intends to promote wilderness stewardship values uniquely expressed through the cultural and experiential lens of each of our scholars. This program is one limb in a many-branched effort intended to amplify opportunities for communities of color to enjoy and care for southern Utah’s wild lands.
To qualify for our Field Service Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school. Applicants are selected from historically underserved communities, self-identified by each applicant within the scholarship application. Scholars will attend (1) field service project with SUWA staff and other volunteers. Following the project, scholars are required to produce reflective media (a written piece with a visual component), the specifics of which are determined individually with the scholar. Upon completion of this program, SUWA will award a stipend/educational scholarship.
This program is meant for students who otherwise would have no opportunity to explore and serve southern Utah’s backcountry. Equitable access is our priority. As such, Stewardship Scholars will be loaned the appropriate camping gear and supplies necessitated by the project. Transportation to and from the project site will either be provided for directly or supported in the form of a transportation stipend.
Each application will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Scholars will be assigned to projects based on described availability, relevance to interests and course of study, and additional factors.
The Field Service Scholarship application is available online. If you have any questions about completing the application, please contact Olivia Juarez – SUWA’s Latinx Community Coordinator – at: firstname.lastname@example.org.