Josh Kestelman Scholarship Fund


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Rutabaga's Josh Kestelman Scholarship Fund is a central part of our ongoing commitment to make paddling accessible to all. We are committed to the idea that time on the water gives people a deeper connection to the natural world, to the waters that surround our community, and to themselves.

Every summer Rutabaga partners with community youth groups and individuals all over Madison to get local youth out on the water. The money from the Kestelman Scholarship goes directly to community youth programs and individual families, who could otherwise not afford to go paddling..

In a normal paddling season, the Kestelman Scholarship helps over 350 kids spend nearly 2,000 hours paddling!

Josh Kestelman was a dedicated instructor for our outdoor programs. His passion was to get youth on the water, and the scholarship fund honors and supports the work he did to share his love of the water with others before his life was cut short by cancer.

The fund exists because members of our community, and paddlers from near and far, have given us the resources to keep serving kids. Every donation, large or small is a chance for more kids to get out on the water.

Further information and scholarship application packets are available from Amelia at 608-310-3853, or send an email to


Further information and scholarship application packets are available from Amelia at 608-310-3853 or send an email to

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