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American Whitewater & Freeflow Institute Storytelling Program Scholarships

Posted: 03/15/2022
By: Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater and Freeflow Institute are offering competitive $1000 scholarships for up to THREE emerging outdoor communicators in 2022. Applicants may be students or educators, aspiring storytellers in any medium, or professional journalists or environmental communicators. Past recipients have deeply valued the experiences of these river-trip based writing and storytelling workshops tought by leading professionals in the field.  


The winning applicant(s) will demonstrate capacity to research and craft an excellent story. The story should be developed to meet the following goals: enhance and expand public awareness of an issue facing the particular watershed or landscape; ignite public dialog; and encourage citizens to celebrate, experience, and protect the rivers of our country.


A successful applicant will be talented in storytelling in one or more media, will be familiar with the visions of Freeflow Institute and American Whitewater, and will submit a compelling pitch for an original creative project that is, at its essence, the product of the Freeflow experience. First application deadline is April 1, 2022. Please submit completed application with all required items – hard copies or via a document delivery platform – to Freeflow Institute. Scholarship winner(s) will be announced no later than April 10, 2022.


Rivers need storytellers, especially wild rivers. We are thrilled to be able to offer these scholarships to empower a cadre of artistic people to elevate and celebrate rivers. 

Kevin Colburn

Asheville, NC

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