My name is Taz Tony and I am a founding member of the MELS graduating class of 2016. I have been at MELS for the past four years and have an incredible opportunity coming up this summer that I need your help with! I have been selected to go on an amazing 30- day NOLS course in Alaska (http://www.nols.edu/courses/alaska-backpacking-and-sea-kayaking/) with a $5,200 scholarship that I earned through the National Outdoor Leadership School.There was only one single full ride scholarship awarded to a sophomore at MELS to go on a course, and I was the lucky recipient.
With this scholarship it would be my pleasure to represent my school on this unique adventure. On this course, I will be sea-kayaking and backpacking with other students from around the U.S. We will be carrying and packing all of our food and equipment for the entire month and will be learning outdoor skills, technical wilderness skills, local ecology in addition to building my own character traits individually and as a group.
I will be posting pictures and sending them to MELS to post on the school website, along side with the pictures I will also write to family and school members, informing them about my experiences and challenges.
Although I am getting financial support from my tuition scholarship, there are additional costs that include my plane ticket, my lodging before and after the course and the required equipment. The school and I would be delighted if you would donate and help make this trip possible for me. My hope is to be the first role model for other MELS students to participate in this unique opportunity in the future.
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