2019 Emerging Trail Leaders Scholarship Program

Leave a lasting legacy

The Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Trail Leaders Scholarship Program for 2019 will bring 16 young adults, ages 21-28 to the International Trails Symposium (ITS) and Training Institute.


The deadline for scholarship applications has passed.

Decisions for scholarship recipients will be made by mid-December.

At the ITS, Emerging Trail Leaders will learn from experts, get practical experience with a service project, network with professionals, engage in discussions with career advisors, and take a step closer to a career in the trails world, so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world— as Hulet did.

Involvement in the Symposium exposes young professionals to multi-generational dialogue about conservation and recreation. During past Emerging Trail Leaders programs, established resource professionals benefitted just as much from the exchange as the field looks to foster new leadership.

Each scholarship is $2,500, and will cover the cost of ITS registration, airfare, Syracuse ground transportation, field trip costs, lodging, and meals.

Diversity and inclusivity are important to us so that we can meet everyone’s deepest needs, values, and long-term interests. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds to apply regardless of past trails experience. We are more interested in potential.

Interested in sponsoring a scholarship?

Download the sponsor contract and select the $2,500 sponsor level, or make a donation of any amount here and include in the notes of your online order that the donation is for the ETL scholarship program.

Questions? Contact Candace Gallagher, Emerging Trail Leaders Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, at candace@americantrails.org or (530) 645-3096