2023 Award Recipient

One More Day on the AT is proud to announce the 2023 thru-hike scholarship recipient, Mary Wilson, from Arlington, VA. Mary hopes to become the first blind woman to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Through her hike, she wants to continue her disability advocacy work by showing the world what disabled people are capable of achieving when given the opportunity.

Mary Wilson – 2023 Full Scholarship

One More Day on the AT is proud to announce the 2023 thru-hike scholarship recipient, Mary Wilson, from Arlington, VA. She, along with her guide dog Thor, hopes to become the first blind woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. 


2022 Award Recipients

The selection committee is pleased to announce our 2022 award recipients for the One More Day on the AT: Nate Loftis Memorial Thru-Hike Scholarship. We had intended to offer one award but were inundated with applications and inspiring stories of courage and resilience. We have decided to offer one full scholarship and two half-scholarships this inaugural year. In addition, we awarded smaller gifts to two candidates. The 2022 awards are presented to:

Adam Dube – 2022 – Full Scholarship

Adam has been in recovery for the past year. He struggled with substance use disorder for 12 years and overcame many adversities such as homelessness, the death of friends, and his family shunning him. While in treatment a year ago, he decided that he wanted to backpack across America. When he got out of treatment he began dating a hiking enthusiast and he fell for her and the hiking lifestyle.

Justin Tucker – 2022 – Partial Scholarship

My name is Justin Tucker and my pronouns are he/him/his.  I’m 29 years old and was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  Though I was a very athletic kid who played multiple sports, I was never encouraged to do more exploring outdoors, and therefore was a complete stranger to activities such as hiking and camping while growing up.  

Mari Jane Kempf – 2022 Partial Scholarship

I’m a 25-year-old woman who left the Amish community, the only life I’ve ever known, after surviving years of abuse from the church. Hiking and being out in nature have always given me fresh perspective. I hope to come back from this hike with clarity on what my next step will be in this new life. I hope to make friends and interact with people from other places and cultures like I was unable to do in the community. 

Carly Brunault – 2022 Partial Scholarship

Carly is a working photographer and a teacher. She teaches vocational art and photography, as well as life skills, at a music infused school for young adults with disabilities. She carries with her the scars of having loved and lost an addict, her significant other and life partner of 10+ years and is seeking healing through hiking. 

In Memory of Nate Loftis (1981 - 2019)