First-generation University of Utah students who have never had the chance to bike, hike or explore the slick rock of Moab will be able to do so thanks to a $3,000 Outdoor Nation Activation Grant.

The grant provides access to outdoor recreation activities to the Opportunity Scholars students at the David Eccles School of Business through the Outdoor Industry Club, which was one of five U. clubs to receive the grant this year.

Opportunity Scholars students at the Eccles School are a group of need-based scholarship, first-generation students who represent demographic groups typically underrepresented at the University.

“Most of these students are underrepresented in higher education, and I think this is a great opportunity for them to get outdoors when they previously might not have had the opportunity,” said Tatiana Baca, a current senior and Opportunity Scholar at the University of Utah.

The grant comes from Aramark and the Outdoor Foundation and aims to bolster the existing network of outdoor clubs and programs across by getting more young people outside. Aramark is a food and hospitality partner for national and state parks. The Outdoor Foundation’s purpose is to connect young people with the outdoors.

The Outdoor Industry Club plans to use the $3,000 grant to take the opportunity scholars to Moab for an overnight outing in early April where they’ll be able to hike, bike and climb in some of Utah’s beautiful state parks.

MBA students at the Eccles School applied for the grant last fall.

“Our club applied for this grant because we believe in Aramark and Outdoor Nation’s mission of expanding access to outdoor opportunities. We are excited about our partnership with the opportunity scholars and looking forward to our trip to southern Utah!” said Koby Elias, a fi