By Barbara Rowley
BIG SKY – Lone Peak High School Sophomore Micah Robin has received the third annual Dave Mueller Outdoor Experience Scholarship. Robin, a Big Sky native, will use his award to attend a Spanish immersion and community service trip in Peru.
“Micah’s passions are completely in alignment with what Dave Mueller loved, and the type of experiences we hope to support with this scholarship,” said Yellowstone Club Community Foundation Executive Director Casey Schwartz, who administers the scholarship program. “His background as a ski instructor, competitive freeride skier, and with the Hans Saari backcountry avalanche camps clearly established him as someone who loves the outdoors and the mountains.”
The award offers recipients up to $5,000 for summer outdoor experiences. Robin will use the award to finance three weeks in a small village in the rainforest and the Andes Mountains, where he will also participate in 55 hours of community service and earn two hours of college credit in Spanish.
“We were impressed with the multi-facets of the program he chose,” Schwartz said. “It is academic, community service and adventure all in one trip. We believe Micah will lever this experience to do more great things outdoors, and were pleased to be able to help him in this way.”
Robin was chosen from a field of Big Sky School District students, to whom the opportunity is exclusively offered. The scholarship honors the memory of Dave Mueller (also known fondly as “Big Bald Dave”) and is funded by CrossHarbor Capital and the YCCF. Past recipients are Griffin House, who used the funds to attend a NOLS course, and Jackson Wade, who spent a month at a fishing camp in Canada.