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One More Day on The Appalachian Trail is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Your contribution will help fund thru-hike scholarships for young people in recovery from substance use disorder, or other life challenges, who are seeking healing and joy on the Appalachian Trail.

The Scholarship

Nate Loftis (Trail Name: El Chapo) found inspiration and hope on his 2018 AT trek. He completed over 750 miles of the Appalachian Trail and the experience helped him to reconnect with his love of the outdoors, to find purpose and meaning, and to re-engage with life. Along the way he made connections with fellow hikers and experienced an abundance of joy. He became part of a hiking band called “The Rochers”, and these fellow travelers became steadfast friends. Nate lost his life to an accidental overdose in 2019.

The One More Day organization provides annual scholarships to individuals who have struggled with obstacles of their own and are looking to find a sense of adventure and healing on the trail. We want to help spread Nate’s love of the trail, and in the process hope to support other hikers who are finding their way. Applications will be accepted beginning August 1, 2023. Applicants who are committed to attempting a first time thru-hike in 2024 are encouraged to apply by completing the application prior to October 8, 2023. All applications will be reviewed by Nate’s immediate family and members of his trail family, “The Rochers” who are board members of the One More Day on the Appalachian Trail Organization. An award decision will be made on November 20, 2023 and applicants will be notified of the decision via email. The award recipient will be asked to provide trail updates at regular intervals along the way.


Click Below to Hear Testimonials from Former Scholarship Recipients

What the Scholarship Includes

Various levels of scholarships will be awarded, up to $6,500 to each recipient, for funds to be used toward:

  • Purchasing gear

  • Trail expenses

  • Transportation costs at launch and completion of hike

In Memory of Nate Loftis (1981 - 2019)