Polartec Awards Appalachian State Outdoor Programs $10,000

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Polartec, the leading global manufacturer of performance fabrics, announced this week Appalachian State University as the winner of its Made Possible College Challenge. The contest, which began in early October, was aimed at promoting collegiate outdoor programs, with the winner receiving a $10,000 grant and Polartec apparel.

After accepting submissions from around the country in early October, and narrowing the finalists to four on November 1st, the results were then left up to the public. After three weeks and over 28,000 votes, Appalachian State University officially won the contest, coming out just ahead of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Idaho, and Middlebury College, respectively.

“We can't express enough how generous it is of Polartec to support university outdoor programs in this way,” said Rich Campbell, Associate Director of Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State. “Each of the finalists offer outstanding opportunities for students and presented inspiring ideas for this award. We at Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs are thrilled to win the award and we are blown away by all the support we have received from so many people. It is a tribute to the spirit we have at Appalachian State University and is a testament to the value of outdoor adventures and programs.”

This $10,000 money will serve as the starting point for a permanent Outdoor Programs Scholarship Fund at the university in Boone, NC.

Here's a video that Appalachian State produced as part of the contest:

Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs - Polartec "Made Possible" Challenge Video from Jessica Abt on Vimeo.

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