Scholarship Expeditions


There is still time to apply for our 8-day Backpacking course starting on August 6th, 2023 - Apply today!


The ASCEND Scholarship Program

The ASCEND Scholarship program is for young adults interested in embarking on an outdoor learning expedition of a lifetime who don’t not have the financial means to pay for course. The program covers the full cost of tuition and provides students with the necessary gear and food for a backpacking expedition.  

Eligible young adults can apply for one of two Colorado Alpine Backpacking expeditions taking place this summer. Learn how to apply and find more information about these courses below. If you have questions or need guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to our Scholarship Program Coordinator, Nohemi Mora at [email protected]. 

How to Apply

  1. Browse the ASCEND Scholarship courses we are offering this summer. 
  2. Download and fill out the application form. 
  3. Submit the application to Nohemi Mora at [email protected]. 

Scholarship Application 

Space is still available on our August 2023 backpacking course!   


Backpacking through the remote alpine wilderness of the Colorado Rockies has been truly life changing. Outward Bound has provoked my personal growth toward a more compassionate, honest, and motivated person.
-Isaac, 2022 ASCEND Scholarship Student


When I first arrived at the airport to be picked up by COBS, I had no idea what to expect. But when I arrived, I almost immediately found my place amongst my peers. Every day was an adventure. I gained a new perspective of myself.

~ Haegan

I learned a lot of new things like how to tie a tent and I worked on getting better at things like working in a group with different perspectives and ideas.

~ Krimzin

It was all difficult but I was able to push through it and can look back and say, 'I did that.' This not only trained my body but also my mind, and to have a self-reflection to try to find myself and who I want to be in the future.

~ Amir

Completing this course has given me the self-confidence and assurance I feel I need to return to school this year.

~ Boone

I learned that I am worthy of self-love and that I am strong, physically and emotionally. I learned how to advocate for myself and to express my emotions in a healthy way.

~ Talula

What has become my biggest takeaway from my Outward Bound journey is the importance of compassion. The world needs compassion.

~ Sima

I had so much fun and got to know the rest of my home state. Opportunities like these are really helpful, it gives me a chance to explore and learn new things. I also got to know myself. The mountains helped me understand that life is too good to be true and have to go for it.

~ Luis

Even though this was definitely a difficult experience, I think it’s something everyone should do.

~ Charles
Adventure awaits!

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