The Liz Rocks Foundation is thrilled to announce its first scholarship recipient! We had many inspiring applications and it was difficult to only pick one winner. We hope to offer more scholarship opportunities as the Liz Rocks Foundation grows.
Maria is a 16 year old student at Puget Sound High School. She first fell in love with the outdoors serving as a high school leader for 6th grade students at Waskowitz Outdoor School where she took them on long hikes. After having an opportunity to go on an overnight snowshoeing trip this winter she yearned to get back to the mountains and learn more. A proud Latina and dedicated scholar, she has shown tremendous potential, is outgoing, and exhibits endless stoke. She welcomes challenge and has already overcome many obstacles in life. Maria is the first to admit that she is obsessed with animals and hopes to see some out in the wild.
Maria will be spending 9 days on Mount Baker with the American Alpine Institute (AAI). AAI’s youth leadership program focuses on situational judgment and decision-making in a mountain setting while providing a base of general outdoor know-how and mountain sense. Participants learn rock-climbing skills, glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, navigation and other skills necessary for an attempt on 10,781-foot Mt. Baker as well as on other peaks.