Scholarship Recipients

 

Deanna Page 

20180127_131935-1-1As an avid hunter and outdoors woman for nearly four decades, becoming a Registered Maine Guide seemed like a far fetched goal, even though my best friend Julie had been after me for years to get my Guide’s license, like she did.
The process to become a Registered Maine Guide is a rigorous process. The applicant must pass a written exam, as well as an oral exam, including being proficient with map and compass. This is a very intimidating exam, even for an experienced outdoorsman.
The Women of the Maine Outdoors began offering scholarships to take a Registered Maine Guide course. I put in an application and I won a scholarship!  I immediately signed up to take a course offered through Carroll & Lila Ware. Their course was very thorough and covered every possible aspect of the testing process. This gave me the confidence needed to request a test date, and in September of 2016, I became a Registered Maine Guide!
By the Fall of 2017, I was guiding my own bear hunters and was hired to guide a couple moose hunters from New York. My friend Julie and her husband live an hour north of me, but we have decided to start Maine’s Four Season Guide Service together
(www.mainefourseasons.com)
This bear season, Julie and I will be guiding a couple of groups of women on a “ladies only” bear hunt; thus bringing the Women of the Maine Outdoors goal of getting more women into the woods to full circle!

Tricia Wurpel 

IMG_0115I was able to attend a class to build my own fly rod with the help of a WoMO scholarship.  After attending a weekend with Casting for Recovery for breast cancer survivors I became interested in fly fishing and wanted to continue fishing. The opportunity arose to attend a class to build my own fly rod and I applied for a scholarship. The experience has given me a great feeling of accomplishment fishing with a rod I made myself. Since it is bright pink and purple it stands out as unique as I am. Age does not matter when you seek to grow in your knowledge and develop new interest.  I thank WoMO again for the opportunity to learn and enjoy nature.

Brenda White 

BrendaMy story is a bit different than most. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I worked in Corporate America for 25 years. Even though I’m an avid runner, my exposure to the “real” outdoors started when I began hunting in 2009. I started hunting so I could spend more time with my dad. In 2010, my son and I traveled to Maine for a bear hunt. That’s when I met my future husband, Troy. He started our guiding business 30 years ago. I enjoyed my new responsibilities of managing the website, advertising, all paperwork, and baiting. But now, it was time for me to expand my duties by obtaining my Guide’s license. The idea was overwhelming to me. I could make an Excel spreadsheet that rivals an accountant’s but could I learn to use a compass at 49 years old?  Katherine Malicky, a Women of the Maine Outdoors board member, encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to attend Guide’s school. I was awarded a scholarship and attended the course with Carroll & Lila Ware.  The course was thorough and gave me the confidence to sign up for the Guide’s test. Between the course, my hands-on experience, and knowledge gained from my husband, I passed the test to become a Registered Maine Guide!

Our business, Mid Maine Outfitters, has seen an increase in youth and women hunters over the past few years. I’m so thankful for the scholarship from the Women of the Maine Outdoors so I can be part of this growing trend.

One of the proudest moments for me was when I caught my six-year-old daughter studying the state book on “How to Survive in the Maine Woods”. When I asked her what she was doing, she said studying for her Guide’s test! I can’t think of a better way to be a role model!

 

Kristin Trenholm

 

KTreholmWomen of the Maine Outdoors helped change my life. I had wanted to get my Maine Guide license for a while but it is an expensive process. At the time I was living in an apartment by myself and as everyone knows, bills can add up fast so I had been putting off taking my course. Then a close friend of mine told me about Women of the Maine Outdoors and how they might be able to help me with a scholarship. So I looked them up and started emailing back and forth with them. They told me about a guide course that was an all women’s guide course through Fins and Furs Adventures. So I submitted an application for a scholarship that would help pay for the course and I was very fortunate to receive it. The moment I submitted that application I had no idea how much it would change my life, I had no idea at how many doors it would open for me.
After the course I needed to take a first aid course as it was a requirement to get my license. I took a basic first aid that satisfied the requirements, but it didn’t satisfy me. As a guide, people are putting their lives and safety in your hands so I wanted to have the best training possible to be prepared to give my clients the best care. So I did some research and found a Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. Looking at the curriculum it was everything I was looking for, but the course cost about as much as my guide course. I turned again to Women of the Maine Outdoors for help and again I got a scholarship that helped me afford it. I excelled in the course and now have the skills to give my clients the best possible care should the worst happen.
When I went and took my guide test I really thought I was going to throw up, I was so nervous. I took my written test first, and passed it. Then I went in for the oral examination and I wasn’t even in there an hour. I couldn’t believe it when they told me I passed. I remember walking out of the building with my new license and that famous red patch in my hand and I called my mom. I told her I just became a Registered Maine Guide and I just burst into tears.
Women of the Maine Outdoors made this dream possible for me. Without them I’m not sure how many years it would have been before I was in a position to take the courses and test, but they made it possible for me. Thank you so much Women of the Maine Outdoors, not only have you helped me achieve my goals, you’ve changed my life in the best way!
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