Scholarship Funds

Great Blue Heron Fund

The Great Blue Heron Fund provides financial aid for Vermont Wilderness School programs, when participants’ financial need exceeds what that program can provide on its own.  We gratefully accept donations specifically for the Great Blue Heron Fund.

When seeking a sign for the “tribe” name at Oyase Community School in Fall of 1999, a Great Blue Heron flew over the circle of youth and adults.  Great Blue Heron have appeared repeatedly since then throughout our school’s history.  As the Great Blue Heron has taken care of us, we seek to take care of each other and enable people to participate in our work regardless of their financial situation.

To apply for a scholarship, complete a registration form for the program in which you’d like to participate: Foxwalk Forest School, Oyase Community School, Full Moon Girls, Otter Day Camp, Shambhala Warrior & Nature Camp, Art of Mentoring, Essentials of Resilient Community, and Lynx Tracking Expedition.

Please support VWS’s vision reaching a wider circle of people, and consider making a generous contribution to the Great Blue Heron fund today!

Ingwe’s Path Scholarship Fund

IngweThe Vermont Wilderness School started the Ingwe’s Path Scholarship Fund in the Spring of 2007. The Fund opened with $1,000 from the School’s operating budget, and accepts donations specifically for the Fund. The Fund awards scholarships for participation in nature awareness and mentoring programs that further VWS’s vision, but are not offered by the School itself.

Ingwe was one of the elders and mentors of our school.  He passed away in 2005 at the age of 91, after a lifetime of mentoring people of all ages into deep connections with the Earth, each other, and themselves. We are grateful to his wife, Elizabeth Powell, for allowing us to honor his memory by giving his name to this scholarship fund.

We welcome donations to these VWS Scholarship Funds.  Thank you!