The Kukri Adventure Scholarship – an initiative for aspiring adventurers offering a prize fund of up to £20,000 as well as expert advice, kit and support.
On the 8th of October 2012, Kukri joined forces with top names in sport to launch the first ever ‘Kukri Adventure Scholarship’ in London.
Since then we had over 30 entries to the Scholarship where we invited people to submit their adventure plans in the form of a 2 minute video which outlined their grand ambitions. These entries were then judged by our star studded panel of world record breaking adventurer Mark Beaumont, Television Presenter Ben Shephard, Sarah Outen MBE (first woman and youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean), Michelle Rothwell (fastest woman to do the Arch2Arc challenge) Former Army Officer & Exhibition Leader, Ken Hames and Kukri Founder, Phil Morris.
As well as offering money, advice, kit and helping people put their dreams into practice, the project’s aim was to develop a sense of community, with aspiring adventurers encouraged to share advice, stories and support.
Aware funding is the first hurdle sporting adventurers face, Mark was delighted that our Founder and keen sportsman himself, Phil, shared his passion for getting young people into sport and adventure.
Mark, who most notably broke the world record for cycling around the world in 2007/08 commented: “I have experienced how tough it is to get to the start of your first expedition. At that stage it’s not your athletic ability but rather finding the right moral, technical and financial support for your dream. The KAS is all of that and I am very proud to help budding adventurers get the backing they need. I love hearing about big adventure aspirations and I know that these people will go on to inspire others.”
Phil, added: “Kukri was founded to positively change lives through sport and this extension into adventure sport is an exciting new chapter in our history. We know this adventure scholarship will encourage young people to challenge themselves and realise a dream. We look forward to being inundated with amazing adventure ideas.”