April 27, 2018

NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation partner to develop future environmental leaders in the 2018 NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars Program for international high school students


In honor of Arbor Day, NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to announce that they have partnered for a fifth year to offer the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program. This international science and exploration program connects high school students from around the world to some of earth’s most beautiful protected lands in Yosemite and Shenandoah National Parks, where trees are just one of many natural elements that can be appreciated.

Fully funded by Alcoa Foundation, this two-week program will take 55 teens from eight countries on a challenging physical and educational journey into spectacular wilderness. Scholars will participate in a multi-day backpacking adventure, conduct hands-on science projects, help care for the national park through a service project, and explore environmental issues from a global perspective.

“With more than 180 applicants to our NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program this year, it’s clear that there are many young, motivated individuals around the world raising their hand to learn how to better steward the earth,” said Rosa García Pineiro, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Alcoa Foundation believes that preserving our environment for future generations requires educating tomorrow’s leaders. Our partnership with NatureBridge invests in doing this through a unique, hopefully life- changing opportunity for a global group of students.”

This summer, Scholars will take part in backcountry expeditions and engage in scientific research that is specific to the unique terrains of two UNESCO world heritage sites: Yosemite National Park in California and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Upon completion of the two-week program, scholars will present their environmental science research to an audience of peers and invited guests.

This year’s program will emphasize Alcoa Foundation’s key areas of engagement: reducing climate change and enhancing biodiversity. By building curriculum around these areas, the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program will educate young environmental stewards from around the world and encourage them to tackle these pressing environmental issues from a global community’s perspective. Supported by a new group of friends from around the world, Scholars will return home with a deeper connection to the environment, empowered to make a difference in their home communities.

"NatureBridge is honored to join with Alcoa Foundation for the fifth consecutive year to offer this well-loved and highly impactful environmental summer program to teens from around the world," said Philip Kilbridge, President & CEO of NatureBridge. "At NatureBridge, we strive to create the next generation of environmental stewards. Through exploring national park wilderness, conducting hands-on science investigations, and learning from peers from around the world, Alcoa Scholars develop their skills as critical thinkers and global citizens. We believe that the students who join us this summer, through a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation, will be well-positioned to become the international community's next environmental leaders."

Contact: Annie Schuler


Founded in 1971, NatureBridge? connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires ?the ?environmental?? stewards ?of ?tomorrow. ?As ?the largest ?residential ?education partner ?of the National ?Park Service, ?the organization ?serves ?more than 30,000 ?students each ?year ?and? offers ?programs in seven ?national ?parks: ?Yosemite ?National ?Park, ?Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation? ?Area,?? Channel? ?Islands? ?National? ?Park,?? Prince? ?William? ?Forest? ?Park,?? and Shenandoah National Park. For more information, visit naturebridge.org.


Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known? as Alcoa Foundation), ?was founded ?in 1952 as one of the few endowed ?corporate foundations ?in? the ?United ?States. ?As ?a result ?of? the ?separation ?of? Alcoa ?Inc. ?into ?Alcoa Corporation ?and Arconic ?Inc. in November ?2016,? two new foundations ?were formed, ?into which ?the assets ?of Legacy ?Alcoa? Foundation ?were transferred. ?One of the newly ?formed foundations, known now as Alcoa Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation. ?Today, ?Alcoa ?Foundation ?invests ?where ?Alcoa ?Corporation ?has ?a? presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental ?excellence around the world, particularly in ?the ?areas ?of ?biodiversity ?conservation? ?and ?climate ?change ?research. ?Learn ?more ?at?alcoafoundation.com??and follow @AlcoaFoundation?on Twitter.


The NatureBridge ?Alcoa Scholars program, hosted by NatureBridge ?and Alcoa Foundation, is an immersive, ?two-week ?environmental ?science? program ?that allows high school students to learn and grow in some of the world’s most beautiful protected lands. 55 students from communities ?in which Alcoa operates around the world explore the wonders of the natural world in Yosemite National Park and Shenandoah National Park through backcountry exploration,? hands-on science experiments ?and research, outdoor experiential? learning and social emotional ?learning ?activities ?designed ?to connect ?scholars ?to nature,? sustainability, and each other. The NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars converge from different nations and backgrounds?? ?to? ?form? ?a? ?community?? ?of? ?environmental?? ?stewards??? that? ?will? ?explore environmental ?issues from a global community's perspective.