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- In addition, AEE has two endowment funds. You may direct your gift to one of these funds:
Michael Stratton Practitioner Award Fund
In 1986, an endowment was established to fund the AEE Practitioner Award to recognize members who were practitioners in experiential education. Award recipients are to be people “in the trenches” who are hands-on practitioners, not administrators or project directors who receive recognition by way of other AEE awards. In 1989, the name of the award was changed to the Michael Stratton Practitioner Award in honor of the first recipient. Mike Stratton was involved with Outward Bound since its initial course in the mid-sixties in Colorado. He later worked at the Carroll School in Massachusetts where he created a special program for children with dyslexia. Mike’s accomplishments, high energy and perseverance are a great model for practitioners everywhere.
The van der Smissen Research Endowment
In 2005, the Betty van der Smissen Grant Fund was established. The purpose of the Betty van der Smissen Grant is to support new research or innovative projects that will advance the field of Adventure Education. Initial donations to establish the grant fund were given by members of the AEE Accreditation Council to recognize Dr. van der Smissen’s contributions to the adventure education field—particularly in the areas of risk management and accreditation. For more than 50 years, Dr. Betty van der Smissen has dedicated her professional life to excellence in research and programming in the out-of-doors and to the professional organizations related to the outdoors. In 2008, the fund became an endowment fund and was renamed The van der Smissen Research Endowment.
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