I've spent my Thanksgiving weekend indoors working on getting sponsored! So far I have applied to 15 different companies. I've decided to include my cover letter and resume on this blog so it might get more attention.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a 17 year old aspiring mountaineer from Vermont who has become the youngest female to summit the 48 highest points in each state in the contiguous US. I only have Alaska’s Mt. McKinley and Hawaii left to do to complete all 50, in order to finish these mountains and become the youngest female to climb all 50 “highpoints.” I am looking for sponsorship for my trip to Alaska in May 2012.
I have already been successful at getting media attention and I believe that I can get additional media exposure in continuing my quest. After my most recent accomplishment of youngest woman to do the lower 48 I have been in local and nationally recognized media: Television (CBS News, Vermont Channel 3 News, The 30 Show), Web (abcnews.com), Print (front page of The Boston Globe, Vermont Ski and Ride), Speaking (Lyons club), among many others.
This May I am hoping to hike Mt. McKinley in Alaska and I am writing to you to ask for potential sponsorship either through a monetary or equipment donation. I believe that [company name] has some of the best outdoor equipment that I need for McKinley’s harsh climate. I know that you’ve given equipment and money in the past and I hope I qualify for a sponsorship. I am trying to raise $17,000, and I’d appreciate sponsorship in the form of money, equipment, or both. I’ve made a list of items I feel I need: [list of equipment]. I am a medium and I’d greatly appreciate any of the above items. I am happy to promote your company within my community and abroad as I talk to schools and organizations in New England about my accomplishments.
Thank you for your time and interest in my goal. I would need to have either the money or equipment by March so I can cement my plans for my climb in May. You can reach me at (802) 649 – 8648. I look forward to hearing from you soon and I will follow up this letter with a call.
1190 Turnpike Rd
Norwich, VT 05055
Home: (802) 649 – 8648
Cell: (978) 500 – 7925
I began “highpointing” (trying to hike to the highest point in each US state) at age 9 and I have completed the contiguous 48 states. In order to continue my 8 year long quest, I am trying to obtain sponsorship through funding and equipment to climb Mt. McKinley in May, 2012.
Youngest woman to summit the highest point in each of the contiguous 48 states, September 2011
Successful summit of Gannett Peak in Wyoming, August 2011
Successful summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington, July 2011, 3rd attempt
Successful summit of Mt. Hood in Oregon, June 2011, 2nd attempt
Successful summit of Granite Peak in Montana, August 2011, 2nd attempt
Winter camping on Mt. Hood, May 2010
Winter hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire
Anticipate Hanover High School graduation, Hanover, NH, January 2012
Wilderness First Aid Certified
Crevasse Rescue Training 2010
Varsity Field Hockey, 4 years
State Champions 2009
MVP 2009, 2011
Elected to First Team All State Field Hockey Team
Elected to Twin State Field Hockey Team
Varsity Crew, 3 years
Varsity Basketball, 2 years
*Here I included 4 pictures and captions of where they took place, but for some reason they aren't showing up on the blog*