Tyler Tobin, a Jackson,
WY, native, was recently awarded
a $5,000 Bill Townsend Memorial Access Scholarship.
Tobin, a life-long snowmobiler, graduated from Jackson Hole High School
in 2000. He graduated from Montana
with a degree in Political Science and Economics in 2006. While attending Montana State University,
Tobin was a full time snowmobile racer.
Plans for Tobin are to pursue a Master of Science in Management degree from
Henley Putnam this fall. The Townsend Scholarship requires the applicant's area
of study to include a focus or emphasis that could potentially be beneficial
for motorized recreation management/access that includes snowmobiling.
Snowmobiling continues to be important to Tobin. Having grown up in the
family-owned Polaris dealership, snowmobiling has always been a central part of
his life. He is now an active member of the Jackson Hole Snow Devils, the club
that produces the World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb.
"Snowmobiling is at my core; it's something I hope to
remain actively involved in as I move forward," Tobin said. "This
scholarship is extremely important to me. Having personally known Bill
Townsend, I respect and appreciate all of the effort he put into the sport that
I love. I plan to promote, protect and enjoy snowmobiling long into the
Bill Townsend, also from Jackson,
WY, worked tirelessly to promote
snowmobiling and to keep access for snowmobiling open across the West. This
scholarship was created in Townsend's memory for his many efforts, with the
goal of helping prepare the next generation of leaders and land managers to
work for continued snowmobile access across the United States.
The American Council of Snowmobile Associations is comprised of the 23 State
Snowmobile Associations across the country and is your voice for snowmobiling
on national issues. For additional information on ACSA or the Bill Townsend
Scholarship, visit www.snowmobilers.org.