Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DMT Scholarship Update

The Dare Mighty Things scholarship is in the news! It got a little attention from CBS News when they wrote an article about "weird" scholarships. I don't like to think of my scholarship as "weird"—unconventional, maybe—but whatever, I'll take the free press.

It also garnered plenty of attention when it was prominently featured on the popular scholarship website,, as a "Scholarship Spotlight." In fact, more than 8,000 people have clicked on the scholarship, making it—easily—my most popular blog page.

Josh and I have skimmed over more than 75 applicants already—and we're expecting a lot more before the official deadline (Jan. 31).

I'm happy to say that there are a couple very appealing applicants who I'd happily give the scholarship to in a heartbeat. Each wishes to embark on daring adventures, at home and abroad, that have the potential to substantially transform and elevate their characters. I look forward to both supporting them and using this blog as a forum for them to share their adventures in whatever way they wish (video, travel essay, photography)—hopefully to the delight of the good readers of this blog.

I must admit—I'm already suffering from delusions of grandeur. I'd like to make this a bigger, badder thing—helping out and encouraging more young people to pursue their outlandish dreams, which, sadly, so few do. I picture a full-fledged million-dollar foundation, a gaggle of office minions, and a blog solely devoted to publishing their adventures. But big things start off small—and I'm quite happy with our little operation.

Thoreau believed that true reform does not come about from institutional change, but from individual change. In other words, to better the world, you must first better yourself. I agree, and I hope that we can make this world a little bit better by helping individuals become just that—individuals.

Anyway, I'd really like to raise funds to support a runner-up—hopefully around $250, of which I have $30 already. If you care to support this, the button's below.


Samantha said...

That's so exciting. I'm just a high school sophomore but just 'embarking on the journeys' that this scholarship encourages would be SO fantastic.

Ken said...

Samantha--Well, you're in luck. Unlike most of the college-aged applicants, you have no debt and all the freedom in the world--or at least you'll have that freedom upon graduating in a couple years. Sounds like prime-time for adventuring to me.