The Owen Hosford Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Owen, a loving son, brother, and adventurer, who tragically fell to his death on July 5th, 2014 while mountaineering near Squamish, B.C.
The scholarship will fund outdoor excursions with Outward Bound Canada in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains for youth and high school students from BC who can not afford to enrol in these programs.
Growing up, Owen and his twin brother, Matt, were fortunate to have an outdoor program at their high school. The decision to enrol impacted their lives significantly. They spent a full semester learning about sustainability and environmental science in and outside the classroom.
After high school, Owen and Matt continued to seek out outdoor recreation such as hiking, canoeing, backcountry snowboarding, mountaineering and rock climbing.
Because this outdoor program impacted their lives so positively, Owen’s family couldn’t think of a better way to honour Owen’s life than by providing youth with some of the same experiences that helped shape and nurture the passion Owen had for life.
Matt competed in the Fat Dog 120 Ultramarathon in August of 2017 to raise money to initiate this scholarship. By the end of the 2017 summer, the fund has raised over $35,000 and Owen’s family created an endowment fund to begin the sustainability of this scholarship.
If you would like to contribute to this growing scholarship fund, donate to the fund through Canada Helps.