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DuPont Cordura® Announces Scholarship Program with National Outdoor Leadership School

Wilmington, DE - November 3, 2000 -- The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and DuPont Cordura® have established a new scholarship program for students participating in the semester-long wilderness education programs conducted by NOLS.

Students selected to receive a NOLS/DuPont Cordura® Scholarship will be awarded $3,500 to help cover the tuition costs associated with the three months of intensive study. NOLS offers the most extensive array of semester-long, college credit-bearing programs that prepare individuals to become wilderness leaders and instructors in the country. The Cordura® scholarship is the first corporate financial aid opportunity for students enrolled in the NOLS wilderness semester program.

"The students who will spend an entire college semester with NOLS camping, climbing, hiking or kayaking need to be as durable as Cordura®," said Donald A. Burich, marketing manager for DuPont Cordura®, used in a wide variety of outdoor products including footwear, apparel and equipment. "They will face all kinds of challenging situations, as will the clothing they wear and the gear they use. The outdoor skills and leadership qualities the students take away from their semester in the outdoors will serve as a source of inspiration for years to come."

"We are pleased to support NOLS and the programs they provide to the outdoor community," added Burich.

According to Bruce A. Palmer, director of admission and marketing for NOLS, the Leadership Semesters are the training ground for future wilderness instructors, outdoor educators and others who intend to make wilderness pursuits a life-long passion.

"Since 1974, NOLS semesters have immersed people in learning new skills, exploring new ideas and making new friends while surrounded by the wilderness," said Palmer. "Nearly 800 students each year benefit from NOLS's years of semester curriculum development experience."

"The NOLS/DuPont Cordura® Scholarship will enable us to reach a more diverse range of individuals who would greatly benefit from the educational experiences provided in a NOLS semester program," noted Palmer. "The scholarship dollars from DuPont Cordura® can make the difference in a student's ability to participate in the rewarding opportunities provided in three months in the wilderness."

"NOLS semester students graduate with the outdoor skills and leadership experience that can be used time and time again in life," he added. "After the semester in the outdoors, the students return to college or work with a clear focus, organizational skills and a strong work ethic. In addition, they can earn college credits that can be applied to more than 300 college and universities across the country."

The NOLS Leadership Semesters are offered year-round in the Rockies, Alaska, the Southwest, , the Patagonia region of Chile, Australia, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Skills covered in the various locales include wilderness travel, mountaineering, rock climbing, caving, river and mountain travel, horsepacking, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing.

Learn more about applying for a NOLS scholarship .

National Outdoor Leadership School teams up with DuPont Cordura, by Matt Lloyd. Reprinted from The Leader, Fall 2000, Vol. 16, No. 1

Cordura® nylon is used in a wide variety of outdoor gear and products providing the durability and performance necessary for the demands of an active lifestyle. DuPont is a science company, delivering science-based solutions that make a difference in people's lives in food and nutrition; health care; apparel; home and construction; electronics; and transportation. Founded in 1802, the company operates in 70 countries and has 94,000 employees.

Cordura® is a DuPont registered trademark.

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