Deb is a local Ridgway character or a local gal with a lot of character whichever you please. She is the Chair of the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, that provides financial assistance to local Ouray county kids wanting to participate in a wilderness experience. The rest of her curriculum is impressive and much too long for … Continue reading A Game Changer ~ Deb Willits Outward Bound experience As a teenager ~ 1974.
GGSF is proud to have helped a Ouray youth learn about traveling safely in the backcountry. Henry is an avid snowboarder who has been dreaming about venturing into the backcountry and wise enough to know he needed more knowledge first. He reached out to GGSF for a scholarship to help fund his Level 1 Avalanche Course with … Continue reading Ouray youth learns about avalanche safety
Willow Krois received George Gardner Scholarship Fund financial assistance which allowed her to take a Wilderness First Aid course, helping ensure she was ready for a big adventure this fall with her mother hiking part of the Colorado Trail. Thankfully, she didn't have to put her newly learned skills to too much of a test, … Continue reading Willow Krois reports on her Colorado Trail Adventure
This past summer, I was able to attend a Road Less Traveled program with the help of a George Gardner Fund scholarship. The program took me to a small town in Costa Rica where I helped remodel a preschool, enjoy Costa Rican cuisine and interact with locals while fully immersing myself in the culture. I … Continue reading Road Less Traveled adventure ~ Emily Rose
~~~~~~~ Dear Gorge Fund. George Gardner Scholarship Fund has given me wings over the years to really get after experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Recently, I was fortunate enough to become a certified Wilderness First Responder through the National Outdoor Leadership School, all thanks to the generous … Continue reading ~ Alma Sophie Johnson’s recent NOLS, Wilderness First Responder course ~
Thanks to the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, I was able to have an amazing experience with the Silverton Avalanche School. I learned so much and am very humbled by the consequences of ignoring the dangers of the winter environment & not following proper protocol. I am much more confident because of the education, training and winter skills … Continue reading Learning avalanche and safety skills at the Silverton Avalanche School
Pat Ament said, "When you ride your bike, you're working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it's flowing all the time.” While climbing … Continue reading Big Wall Dreams~~ Chance Ronemus
Hi Jerry & the George Fund.. Chance had a very successful day of big wall training yesterday (MAY 18, 2014). It really … I would like to thank the Board of The George Gardner Scholarship Fund for assisting my son, Chance, prepare for Climbing the walls of Yosemite this summer. On his own Chance initiated … Continue reading A very kind letter from Kyle Ronemus, father of Chance Ronemus
I’d like to share with you my adventures that GGSF made possible. The price of an individual lesson was cost prohibitive so without the GGSF, I wouldn’t have been able to participate at all. I was able to climb and learn with an awesome EXUM climbing guide who took me up on my first multi-pitch … Continue reading A scholarship to climb with the pros…….
May of 2013, the George Gardner Scholarship Fund Board of Directors met to peruse over Ouray County student scholarship applications. We spent most of an afternoon hashing them over and trying to decide who qualified, who really earned consideration, who would benefit the most from financial assistance. After hours of rereading and discussing all options … Continue reading George Gardner Scholarship Fund Awards Scholarships — 2013