May 07, 2019

NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation announce 2019 cohort of the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars Program for global student environmental leaders


May 7, 2019 -- NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation are again partnering to provide the unique opportunity to study
biodiversity and climate change in two of the United States’ most iconic landscapes for a diverse group of
high school students from around the world. Chosen for their interest in the natural world and their
motivation to make an impact in their home communities, 63 students from global Alcoa communities will
travel to Yosemite and Olympic National Park this summer for an immersive two-week experience as part
of the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars Program. During the program, students will backpack through
national park wilderness, develop a science investigation, care for the park through a service project and
explore environmental issues from a global perspective.

This summer, the Alcoa Scholars will travel from six countries and five U.S. states to Yosemite or Olympic
National Park. There, they will study topics ranging from forest ecology, water quality and soil science to
the impact of visitors on park landscapes while hiking in the backcountry. The Alcoa Scholars will also
discuss how these topics intersect with initiatives surrounding mitigating climate change and preserving
biodiversity, two of Alcoa Foundation’s key areas of engagement. Upon returning to campus, students will
synthesize their learnings and present their findings from the science investigations they completed while
on the trail.

“It only takes one inspiring experience to spark a lifetime of dedication to the environment, and our
partnership with NatureBridge is giving youth in Alcoa communities 63 chances to foster future leaders in
sustainability through our program,” said Rosa García Pineiro, Alcoa Foundation President and Alcoa VP
of Sustainability. “Scholars will get to practice hands-on science and consider the implications of their
findings, to practice discussing critical environmental topics in a supportive setting and to determine how
they will continue these conversations in their home communities.”


This year’s program builds on the legacy of successful years of partnership. Since its inception in 2014,
nearly 300 high school students have completed 140 science investigations across three national parks
and presented their findings to their peers, park visitors and invited guests. In 2017, Scholars began
formally sharing what they learned and how they intend to apply their experiences through blogs, videos
and presentations in local community centers back home. Scholars have completed more than 73 of
these post-trip projects to date.

“I know my relationship and fascination with nature has definitely deepened through the program,” said
2018 Alcoa Scholar, Rachael, of Australia. “I have grown in knowledge of the world around me and can
now more effectively preserve and become a better steward for the environment.”

ABOUT NATUREBRIDGE Founded in 1971, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science
of nature and inspires the environmental stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education
partner of the National Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and
offers programs in seven national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National
Park, Prince William Forest Park, and Shenandoah National Park. For more information, visit
naturebridge.org.


ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa
Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation), was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed
corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa
Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which the assets
of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred. One of the newly formed foundations, known now as Alcoa
Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation. Today, Alcoa Foundation invests where
Alcoa Corporation has a presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental excellence around
the world, particularly in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change research. Learn more
at alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.


ABOUT NATUREBRIDGE ALCOA SCHOLARS PROGRAM The NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program,
hosted by NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation, is an immersive, two-week environmental science
program that allows high school students to learn and grow in some of the world’s most beautiful
protected lands. 63 students from communities in which Alcoa operates around the world explore the
wonders of the natural world in Yosemite National Park and Olympic National Park through backcountry
exploration, hands-on science experiments and research, outdoor experiential learning and social
emotional learning activities designed to connect scholars to nature, sustainability, and each other. The
NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars converge from different nations and backgrounds to form a community of
environmental stewards that will explore environmental issues from a global community's perspective.

 

Contact: Annie Schuler
aschuler@naturebridge.org
415-992-4767