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High School/College Summit Steward Scholarship Program
GUIDELINES for the AZURE MOUNTAIN FRIENDS SUMMIT STEWARD SCHOLARSHIP
Purpose: The Azure Mountain Friends Scholarships have been created to encourage the involvement of area teens in helping us to fulfill our educational mission. In learning about Azure Mountain’s human and natural history and the story of the fire tower’s restoration, the students will gain a new awareness of and appreciation for environmental and historic preservation. We anticipate that scholarship recipients will serve as role models for their peers.
  • The Azure Mountain Friends may offer at least one $500 scholarship to a high school student (Senior), planning to attend college, or to a college student who volunteers to serve as a Fire Tower Summit Steward on Azure Mountain.
  • The scholarship may only be used to pay for “qualified” educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, and course related expenses, such as books, supplies and equipment.
  • AMF will prepare and distribute a press release to the local papers.  An application form will be distributed to interested parties including all local school administrators and guidance counselors.
  • We especially encourage students living in the St. Regis Falls School District to apply in order to encourage local support for the Azure Mountain Friends and the tower that they've helped to restore and now maintain.
  • To be considered for this position, students will be asked to submit a brief essay (250 words) on “Why I would like to be an AMF Summit Steward for five days in the summer.”  [The 5 days would be weekend days in the time frame between the Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends compatible with the student’s other commitments.]
  • Three AMF Directors, one of whom is an Officer, will read the essays and together make the selection.  The Board of Directors will then vote to approve the selected student(s).  The selected student(s) will be presented with a copy of our 52 page Guide to the Fire Tower & Summit, an AMF identifying patch and an AMF “T” shirt.
  • The student’s 1st day on the mountain will involve a three hour mentoring/training session with an experienced AMF Summit Steward. The student will then be left on his/her own for the remainder of the day. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the mountain.
  • Upon completion of the 5 day Summit Steward experience on the mountain, the student shall be required to submit a typed essay of at least 250 words in which they summarize their experience.  Their comments may be used in soliciting future AMF scholarship applicants.
  • When the student(s) has (have) completed the Summit Steward experience, the AMF will make every effort to recognize the student’s accomplishment(s) through press releases to the local media.
APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 15
Download AMF Scholarship Application (pdf form)  Questions?

2016 Scholarship Recipients Linda Moore & Rebecca Miller
scholarship recipients
2015 SUNY Potsdam student & summit volunteer: MELISSA COLE
melissa cole
2015 & 2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: KATHRYN PETRELLI
kathryn petrelli
2013 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: JEANETTE GODREAU, (left), ST REGIS FALLS & AMANDA PEACOCK
jen godreau  amanda peacock
2012 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: DANIEL ROMLEIN & TIM WHEELER
2011 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: STEPHEN PRESCOTT, LAKE OZONIA & AIMEE BEAUDETTE, CANTON
scholarship recipient 2011
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of your scholarship program. My days on the mountain were some of the most rewarding days all summer. The first day I was on the mountain it was cloudy and rainy all morning until suddenly around one the clouds just lifted . It was really awesome to see the clouds rushing by over our heads until we had a crystal clear view of the the land below and the mountains in the distance. The rest of the days on the mountain were gorgeous all day. One weekend I spent both Saturday and Sunday on the mountain so rather than going home a few friends climbed in the afternoon and we spend the night in the small campsite area. The stars are great from the mountain because there are no lights, and sunset and sunrise are just spectacular.  The Azure Mountain Friends taught me a lot and allowed me to explore myself and new opportunities. If there was a group like this one for every mountain, the Adiroundacks would be in good hands.

Thank you again, Aimee Beaudette
2010 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: CODY DOYLE & KIRSTEN JANDREW
2009 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: DANIEL ROMLEIN & MAGGIE COOK
maggiedanMaggie: "The view and the people made the time I spent on Azure Mountain unforgettable.  I learned something new from each person I met, and I hope to continue hiking to learn more about nature and everything that goes hand-in-hand with it.  I truly can’t thank the Azure Mountain Friends enough for sharing with me the perks of being a Fire Tower Interpreter."
2008 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: COURTNEY DOYLE & CHUCK BISHOP
Both successfully completed 5 days apiece volunteering on the summit.
Chuck: "Being born and raised in St. Regis Falls I have never truly appreciated Azure Mountain as it has always been there for me......  This all changed greatly this year when I became the recipient of the Azure Mountain Friends Scholarship."   Summer 2008
em1st Scholarship Winner: Emily Goughary, Canton, NY nate brouwerPictured: Nate Brouwer, 2007 Scholarship Winner



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