Deer Hill Foundation
Why Provide Scholarships?
When students are removed from all that is familiar to them, when they spend their first summer immersed in wilderness and in community service with native cultures, they learn that they are part of a greater community. Challenges faced as a group build self-confidence, open-mindedness, and respect for others. We provide these life-changing experiences for promising students in financial need who then bring these values back to their families and communities. Established in 1998, the non-profit Deer Hill Foundation (DHF) has awarded hundreds of scholarships for students from all over the United States including Native Americans, and first and second generation Americans from Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Summer Adventure Scholarship Opportunities
Deer Hill raises funds for our “Scholarships for Diversity” program through the non-profit Deer Hill Foundation. We actively promote diversity through scholarships because we believe that the best future, for all of us, lies in a greater understanding of our differences, and a celebration of our shared journey. If you are interested in applying for financial aid to attend a Deer Hill Expeditions, please visit our Financial Aid Page for more information, and to download a screening form.
In addition to local schools and community organizations, DHF works with a growing number of other non-profit organizations who want to benefit from our programs and techniques, and who share our mission of empowering young people of all backgrounds. These non-profit organizations include:
- Summer Search Foundation in San Francisco, Petaluma, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, and New York
- Orfalea Family Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
Education through Community Service
Deer Hill has long-standing friendships in the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Ute Nations. Our groups live with Native American families and work with them on service projects important to their traditional ways of life. DHF supports these projects, and our hosts, with grants for materials and tools. Conservation service is also an important part of DHF’s work. In cooperation with public land agencies, we support service projects that teach stewardship of our natural and historical resources.
“Deer Hill, a wilderness experience with soul and depth, is one of the most compelling programs in the field of summer experiential education. The quality of any program is always in direct proportion to the values and goals of the directors. Doug and Beverly Capelin have developed programs that not only include service projects, immersion in Native American culture, and challenging wilderness treks, they have created a vehicle where young people can work as a team and connect with each other honestly.” Linda Mornell, Founder and Director of the Summer Search Foundation