Wilburn scholarship is established

The Shenandoah Community Foundation and Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River announce that the first John Duncan Wilburn Adventure Scholarship will be awarded early this year.

The Shenandoah Community Foundation and Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River announce that the first John Duncan Wilburn Adventure Scholarship will be awarded early this year.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a college or university student to participate in an outdoor or environmental learning program or for other nonprofit outdoor learning institutions such as Outward Bound. Applications will be accepted through March with the first scholarship to be awarded in May.

The scholarship was created in memory of John Duncan Wilburn, a professional forester who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley. Wilburn was an avid kayaker, traveler, mountain climber and biker who had a passion for the outdoors. He died in 2014 at age 30.

According to Jeanne Russell, foundation program coordinator, “the scholarship is open to a wider geographic area than most of our scholarships. Since the fund was established, we have received donations from all over the country, and as the fund grows, so will the award amount.”

For more information on how to apply or to donate to the John Duncan Wilburn Scholarship Fund, visit: www.fnfsr.org or www.shenandoahCF.org or call 540-459-7737.

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