Sean Allen Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Open
Next Application Deadline
Jun 17, 2024
Next Winners Announced
Jul 17, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate
Interests:
Climbing
Education Level:
Interests:
Undergraduate or graduate
Climbing

Each new challenge in life requires strength and perseverance on the climb toward success. When climbing, you have to take one step at a time: this is the case for both literal climbing and in life. The climb might not always be fast, and it certainly isn’t easy, but achieving your goals and dreams doesn’t happen without effort.

The Sean Allen Memorial Scholarship will support a student who enjoys literal climbing - rock climbing or otherwise - and simultaneously makes the climb in their everyday life to make the world a better place.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in climbing are eligible to apply. In your application, write about where your interest in climbing came from and how this scholarship will help you on your educational journey.

On June 16, 2020 Sean wrote in his gratitude diary, "I am grateful for the joy of climbing. It really gives me a lot of confidence and enjoyment, and a sense of value. It Makes me happy and I am grateful that I get to do it.

Sean died mountaineering in the Olympic mountains at the age of 38.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion, Determination
Published February 9, 2024
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Open
Next Application Deadline
Jun 17, 2024
Next Winners Announced
Jul 17, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell us about how you became interested in climbing and how this scholarship will help you as you pursue higher education.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Adam Lehn
West Texas A & M UniversityAmarillo, TX
I became interested in rock climbing during a particularly dark period of my life. I was about 19 years old and more depressed than I ever had been. I was smoking too much weed, crying by myself when I could find time to be alone, spending too much time indoors, and otherwise not taking care of my mental and physical health. I was in my second year as an undergrad and found myself surrounded by a particularly toxic group of peers. Not only did they not want the best for me, but they were dealing with their own darkness too. Something deep within me knew that something was very wrong and I knew that I had to make a change. I heard of the Expeditionary Studies program at SUNY Plattsburgh near the Canadian border in New York. I transferred colleges and enrolled in several Expeditionary Studies courses, including rock climbing, ice climbing, sea kayaking, and backcountry skiing. It was rock climbing that particularly caught my interest. After leaving behind toxic friendships, I found myself suddenly immersed in a crowd of friends who were interested in physical and mental health and who also loved to climb. I learned outdoor living skills, how to build anchors, ascend and descend from multi-pitch routes safely, the basics of mountaineering, and how to respect the wilderness through Leave No Trace principles. I got a job supervising and setting routes at the indoor climbing gym on campus. I was blessed with the ability to travel to some truly amazing places through the college's outdoor recreation club, including many trips to the Adirondacks, Shawangunks, White Mountains, Sangre de Cristos, Joshua Tree, and even to the Nepali Himalayas. Climbing has truly transformed my life. I was heading down a dark path, and it was largely because of climbing that I was able to pull myself back into the light. I experienced incredible personal growth in confidence, physical strength, independence, and in mental well-being. I have come to want to help others experience this feeling of growth and well-being too. I am working on a Master's degree in Counseling. I have been able to pull myself out of some very dark times. Along with climbing, I have also learned some other techniques that have worked to improve my mental health. I aspire to be able to help other people