The Alcoa Scholars program is a unique opportunity for 59 high school students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities to learn and grow in two of the United States’ most beautiful protected lands: Yosemite and Olympic National Parks. This two-week program is designed to develop future environmental leaders as it takes students on a challenging physical and academic journey into spectacular wilderness. Scholars participate in a multi-day backpacking adventure, conduct hands-on science projects, help take care of the national park through a service project and explore environmental issues from a global perspective.
Supported by a new group of friends from around the world, Scholars return home with a deeper connection to the environment, empowered to make a difference in their home communities.
This program is free, including necessary travel expenses, thanks to a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation.
**Due to the global impacts of COVID-19 and increased travel restrictions, NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Alcoa Scholars program.**