Polk County High School senior Ashton Capozzi of Tryon has been awarded the Matthew Henson Outdoor Leader Award by Green Mountain College.

The nation’s leading college for environmental, social and economic sustainability-based education, Green Mountain College, based in Poultney, Vt., grants this scholarship to selected students pursuing careers as adventure or environmental educators.

“We recognize students with a passion for outdoor and adventure education with the Matthew Henson Outdoor Leader Award,” said Green Mountain College University President Robert (Bob) Allen. “Ashton will be able to take full advantage of this award and a Green Mountain College education to do well by doing good in the world.”

Since pioneering a model for sustainability-based education more than 20 years ago, Green Mountain College has accomplished many firsts in Vermont and across the nation, from its curriculum and climate neutral campus to developing the first online Sustainable MBA program.

The Princeton Review, Sierra Magazine and The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education are among those that have recognized the college’s leadership in education for sustainability.