We are excited to announce 2020’s winners for the USA Climbing Collegiate Ambassador Scholarship!
Gabe Linderman – University of Michigan
During his junior year, Linderman helped lead an effort to include a climbing gym into the renovation of the Department of Recreational Sports central gym on campus. He traveled to local gyms in his region to interview owners and managers to help build the best proposal to pitch to the university officials, culminating in the university approving his and the recreational sports department proposal. Throughout this entire process, he was also working extensively on a proposal to include competitive climbing in their club sports program, going on to raise over $9,000 to help fund their athletes and ease the financial burden of competition climbing.
Daniel Nguyen – University of Texas at Austin
Nguyen serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Texas region. During his time at UT, he helped double the size of the climbing program at the university. He also worked with other climbing teams in his region to help develop their own program and introduce them to the collegiate climbing series. While he was president of the climbing program, he helped lead an effort to clean trails at their local outdoor climbing areas.
Michelle Patten – University of Texas at Dallas
Patten has a heart for giving back to the climbing community. She spent many weekends throughout her spring semester volunteering at USA Climbing local competitions in her area as well as traveling to and volunteering at multiple USA Climbing National Championship Competitions. In addition to her work with USA Climbing, she also volunteers with Paradox Sports, an organization aimed at making climbing more accessible to people with physical disabilities.
Sarah Pearce – Cal Poly Pomona
Pearce discovered climbing after her parents encouraged her to join her school’s climbing team. She quickly fell in love the sport and found a deep sense of community and camaraderie with her teammates. Pearce has a passion for volunteering, working with the LA Children’s Hospital teaching children of all ages about climbing. She also works part-time at her local climbing gym teaching beginner climbing classes and help coach the youth climbing team at her gym.
From an exceptional pool of candidates, these four were chosen for their dedication to climbing and exemplifying what it means to be a climber, a student-athlete, and ambassador for the sport.
The Collegiate Climbing Ambassador Scholarship is an opportunity for students involved in competitive climbing at the collegiate level to demonstrate how they have become an ambassador for the sport through their involvement in both climbing and academics. Each year USA Climbing awards $3,000 in scholarships. One male and one female applicant will receive a $1000 scholarship and one male, and one female applicant will receive win a $500 scholarship.
To learn more about the Collegiate Climbing Ambassador Scholarship, click here.