The Scott B Scholarship Fund
"What makes Learning Outside special and sets it apart from other Nature Programs is the nurturing environment where children gain self-confidence, respect for others, and become part of a caring community. Place children in a beautiful setting amongst the gardens, animals, pastures, and woods with highly qualified and dedicated instructors and you have an extraordinary program. I am so happy to be a part of that program."
In 2017 following the death of Scott Bertram, co-founder of Townsend Bertram & Company, his oldest daughter Betsy Bertram established the Scott B Scholarship with local nonprofit, Learning Outside to honor his adventurous life. Scott loved the natural world and spent his waking and sleeping hours outdoors having built a screened in bedroom so he could drift to dreamland with the hoot howls and awake to the chirping of his favorite song birds. He was a tree climber, gardener, woodsman, environmentalist, and artist who handcrafted fences and sculptures from cedar he collected from the environmental land group where he lived for 40 years. Though not a businessman himself, he saw the brilliance in Audrey's business mind and supported her dream of opening an adventure outfitter shop in Carrboro. He hand built the original racks in the shop from cedar, maintained the gardens surrounding the historic mill where they opened TB&C, and threw his creative, enthusiastic spirit into cultivating a strong outdoor community. To read more about Scott B's life and love of nature, see Glass Top Counter blog posts As Fathers Go and Spring Scott B Style.
Learning Outside is the perfect partner organization for the Scott B scholarship as it is a local nonprofit that offers hands-on outdoor learning programs that provide children with time spent outdoors learning, exploring and discovering in the natural world. As of February 2019, we have raised over $11,000 for the Scott B Scholarship which will fund a program for underprivileged children called Fun in the Forest. We want this scholarship to continue to grow and sustain Fun in the Forest, keeping Scott's love of nature alive in generations of children to come.
Listen to stories about Scott B told by Betsy B at the The Monti, a local nonprofit that builds community through the telling of stories. Annually we partner with The Monti to put on our Into the Wild event at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill.
Products That Support The Scott B Scholarship Fund
Scott B started everyday with a cup of coffee. Support the Scott B Scholarship fund with the purchase of TB&C 30th anniversary blend, a unique partnership between TB&C, Learning Outside, and Carrboro Coffee Roasters. 5% of the proceeds from all 30th Anniversary Blend beans supports the Scott B Scholarship.
Stop by the shop Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings to sample the roast for free and purchase a bag of your own.