American Trails and the Professional TrailBuilders Association are proud to offer Emerging Trail Leaders (ETL) Scholarships to worthy recipients, both domestic and international, to attend our biennial International Trails Summit.


We have offered scholarships to the recipients below using funding we had available, but we hope to offer more scholarships to more worthy recipients (many of whom are on the waiting list) pending additional funding. The number of scholarships available is pending the amount of funding received. Scholarships will be provided first come, first serve with applications being reviewed on a monthly basis until funds are depleted.

View Past Scholarship Recipients

Program History

The Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program was launched in 2013 as part of the American Trails International Trails Symposium. The program was named in memory of lifelong trail activist Hulet Hornbeck. Since inception, we have offered scholarships to 66 worthy recipients, not including our current year. Starting with the 2023 International Trails Summit, American Trails and the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) have partnered on the ETL scholarship program to offer future scholarships at ITS, as well as PTBA’s annual conference (opposite years of ITS) and plan to provide more support post-conference to scholarship recipients.


Sponsoring a scholarship/s helps to foster and promote equitable access to the trail education at the International Trails Summit by breaking down financial barriers. Each sponsorship of $500 will assist with travel for one scholarship recipient. A scholarship can be purchased during registration or can be added on at a later date. You can also donate by the button below. Your sponsorship would be advertised and shared as the “[Insert Company Name] Scholarship.”

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About Hulet Hornbeck

Hulet was a key player in organizing the first National Trails Symposium in 1971, and was a founding board member of the National Trails Council, predecessor to American Trails. He actively served on the Board of Directors for American Trails for over 16 years.

The Emerging Leader Scholarship Program was named in honor of Hulet to inspire young adults to choose a career path so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world – as Hulet did. Learn more about Hulet Hornbeck's life and accomplishments.

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