College-bound volunteers can apply for the Doug “Stickman” Sherman Scholarship

Thousands of volunteers dedicate themselves to the Ice Age Trail each year. All of these efforts are worth a bundle, and now those heading off to college can really cash in.

We’re excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Ice Age Trail Alliance Doug “Stickman” Sherman scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in 2015 to a college-bound young adult who has volunteered with the Alliance.

A photo of Doug "Stickman" Sherman

The scholarship honors the work of Doug “Stickman” Sherman, a longtime Alliance volunteer who passed away in 2014. Over a number of years, Stickman hand-carved hundreds of hiking sticks for students taking part in Saunters, the Alliance’s school program that brings kids onto the Ice Age Trail.

For weeks on end, students carried Doug’s creations all across Wisconsin – along the shores of the Wisconsin River, on towering bluffs overlooking Devil’s Lake, through the deepest northwoods forests, around the crags of Eau Claire Dells and across vast prairies.

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The sticks provided balance, confidence and a helping hand. In essence, Stickman was with young hikers every step of the way as they explored the Ice Age Trail and took on a steady calm that only the solace of nature can provide. We are happy to carry on Mr. Sherman’s positive impact to tomorrow’s Trail supporters through this scholarship.

How to Apply

The Doug “Stickman” Sherman Scholarship is a one-time $500 award and is open to young adults who are preparing to go to college. In order to qualify, applicants must have:

  • A history of volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance and/or serving as a Saunters mentor
  • A love of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and a desire to create, support and protect the Trail for future generations
  • Future goals that include a degree in the environmental or education fields or a related field

Interested students should reference the application form [PDF] for complete instructions on how to apply. All submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2015.