University of Vermont

Kate Svitek Memorial Award in the Rubenstein School

Kate Svitek

Kate Svitek graduated from the Rubenstein School in May 2001 with a BS in recreation management. She died in a tragic snowboarding accident on Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon in February 2002 at the age of 22.

The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Kate who had a passion for life, snowboarding, and working in the great outdoors. Her dream was to develop her own school for children to learn outdoor skills and develop a respect and passion for our wilderness as she did.

Kate Svitek Memorial Award

The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation provides scholarships to universities, schools, and organizations to support education and adventure in the outdoors. Since 2006, the Rubenstein School has worked with the Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation to provide financial support to approximately 25 Rubenstein School students pursuing summer, fall, or spring environmental internships.

Award recipients are chosen based on their commitment to environmental leadership as well as demonstrated financial need. To be eligible to apply, Rubenstein School students must have completed their sophomore year and be willing to earn credit for their internship experience.

How to Apply

Current Rubenstein School students should watch for email announcements. For more information concerning this scholarship, contact Anna Smiles-Becker, Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.