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Nantahala Outdoor Center partners with The Wesser Foundation

Oct 04, 2022 04:04PM ● By WNC Business

Nantahala Outdoor Center has announced that it is partnering with The Wesser Foundation Inc. to launch the Founders Scholarship to create opportunities for those with limited resources to begin a career in whitewater.

The scholarship is open for applicants for the 2023 season and will cover the cost of Guide School training, equipment, housing, and meal plans.

“NOC has been teaching and training river guides for more than 50 years,” said Kristin Kastelic, NOC Marketing Director. “With this scholarship, we hope to open up the opportunity for more careers in whitewater and a connection to the outdoors, to even more people that might not have the resources to take the leap.”

The Wesser Foundation was established by Jess Austin, who met the same challenges early in his career. Austin had to forgo becoming a river guide in his 20s as he pursued law school. Now retired, he finally made his dream come true and works at NOC as a river guide, taking families down the Nantahala River every spring through the fall.

Along with learning guide skills, chosen recipients will also be outfitted with the essential river gear and equipment, take first aid and CPR training and certifications, and receive complimentary staff housing and meals while employed at Nantahala Outdoor Center during the River Guide season.

Source: Nantahala Outdoor Center