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The Next Generation of Guides: Announcing Our 2024 Scholarship Recipients

At the heart of the 57hours Guide Education Fund lies the mission to empower both new and established guides in pursuing their passions and advancing their career. Our scholarship initiative aims to ease the financial hurdles related to professional training and education.

Finally, the time has come to announce our 57hours Guide Education Fund Scholarship recipients! This year’s application process was a blast, resulting in a surprising number—should we really be surprised?—of exciting candidates of different backgrounds. We had 60 applicants from 11 countries, and 21 US states.

2024 Scholarship Recipients.
Top Row: Nat Vorel, Ada Jones, Austen Bernier, Jesse Ramos, Shea Freedom.
Bottom Row: Landon Warton, Lorenzo Pernigotti, Nicholas Metz, Orri Sigurjonsson, Shea McCrary

In order to celebrate this great turnout, we’ve decided to award not eight, but ten (10!) scholarships this year!

The recipients are to take courses through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). As you might know, professional guiding courses are expensive, yet vital for every guide’s development. That’s where 57hours Guide Education Fund comes in: to ease some of the financial burden associated with entering the guiding industry, helping guides advance their careers.

Selecting the scholarship recipients was both exciting and difficult. As we reviewed each new application, we took into consideration not only the individual stories but also the potential transformative impact a scholarship could have on their guiding trajectory. With so much passion put into their careers and applications, this was no easy task.

At the end of the process, we would like to thank all the applicants. Your willingness to entrust us with your aspirations not only demonstrates your faith in our partnership but also amplifies the collective call for support within the guiding community.

2024 Guide Education Fund: Scholarship Recipients

And now, let us introduce the 2024 scholarship recipients. Read on to meet Ada, Orri, Jesse, Shea & Shea, Nat, Lorenzo, Austen, Nicholas, and Landon. We are so proud of all of you and wish you luck!

Get to know Ada Jones
Get to know Orri Sigurjónsson

Get to know Jesse Ramos

Get to know Shea Freedom

Get to know Shea McCrary

Get to know Nat Vorel

Get to know Lorenzo Pernigotti

Get to know Austen Bernier

Get to know Nicholas Metz

Follow Along

As we move through 2024, follow each scholarship recipient on their guiding journey through their social channels and stay up to day with all things 57hours by joining us here!

About the author
Avid climber and co-founder of 57hours

Perica is a rock climber first and foremost, but he's been known to go on the odd mountain biking ride as well. Surfing too. He's a core member of the 57hours permanent adventure crew.

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