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Endurance Scholarship

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http://endurancescholarship.blogspot.com/'>http://endurancescholarship.blogspot.com/

I am the first to admit that it may seem strange to post this on cascadeclimbers as it is only marginally relevant to climbing. However I want to advertise a scholarship that I created last year. The mission of the scholarship is as follows:

 

“The Endurance Scholarship will be awarded to a senior at North Marion High School who has demonstrated the ability to successfully overcome longstanding obstacles to their education and who will be pursuing post-secondary education. The funds for the scholarship will be raised by asking individuals to make per mile pledges based on the number of miles I complete of the Capital Peak Ultra-Marathon in April of 2012.”

 

A further explanation can be read here.

www.endurancescholarship.blogspot.com/p/scholarship.html

 

I am a teacher at a small public school and every year I see talented and motivated kids defer college because of the cost. For many, even community college is a financial stretch. Last year, through this scholarship, I was able to raise $3,000 to help one determined young man move forward with his post-high school education. The funds came from dozens of donors who made pledges of a dollar a mile (the ultra is 50 miles). He is now halfway through the first year of college and is doing exceptionally well.

 

So why post this on cascadeclimbers? I know that climbers, particularly mountaineers and alpinists, understand the concept of perseverance and endurance. They know what it means to suffer to achieve a goal; they know the importance of planning and preparation; they know how failure informs and does not deter. The same values that climbers espouse are embodied in the heart and soul of this scholarship. I am not asking for a handout. Instead I ask that people like you, who have such a perspective on the world, make a pledge. I will not ask for anyone to make good on their pledge until I have completed the race.

 

I hope that some of you will consider pledging to support me.

http://www.endurancescholarship.blogspot.com/p/how-to-pledge-or-donate.html

 

For more information please check out my blog which further explains the scholarship and my journey.

 

http://endurancescholarship.blogspot.com/

Thank you for your support.

Jonathan Barrett

 

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