Flyin Ryan announces three new adventure scholarship recipients

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Mon, 04/08/2019 - 1:18pm -- Denise Sortor

Ashley Maxfield is a former athlete on both the Freeskiing World Tour and Freeride World Tour. She grew up skiing in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where she raced both Nordic and alpine until she was 13. While attending Burke Mountain Academy she focused on alpine and fell in love with the adrenaline and raced through college. A few years after college she found comp skiing while back on the east coast and she was hooked. After many years on both tours, Ashley had a life altering crash in 2015 that put her on the path she is now. She is working hard to become a guide as well as a better freeride coach and judge. The funds from her scholarship will go toward training to advance her career coaching skiing and mountain biking.

Farid Noori is an avid cyclist from Afghanistan. He has two personal goals: To become Afghanistan’s first pro mountain biker to race the Olympics and to grow the sport of  cycling in his country, supporting Afghan youth who do not have the resources to ride. He currently resides at Homestretch Foundation, a Tucson-based cycling residency program where participants can get intensive training. He plans to use his scholarship funds to cover race-related expenses: race fees, travel, and bike maintenance. Farid’s scholarship is generously funded by Miles Colaprete, owner of Balance Chiropractic.

Alisha Isensee is a senior History major at Gonzaga University graduating in May 2019 and is considering pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling or attending law school. She is passionate about environmental justice and the responsible use of public lands. She plans to use her scholarship to hike the Pacific Crest Trail this summer with her best friend.

The Flyin Ryan Adventure Scholarship Program exists to provide monetary awards to assist adventurers of all kinds, from all around the world, in pursuing their passions.  Applicants must come up with their own set of Core Values and demonstrate character, passion for their goal and financial need. Learn more and apply at

About The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation: The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation was formed in 2011 to extend the impact of the life of Ryan Hawks who, at the age of 25, tragically died while competing on the freeride world ski tour. Before he died, Ryan composed his 14 Principles for Living. The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation has focused its mission around the concept that “core values matter.” Over the last three years, the Foundation has developed a five step program called Flyin Ryan Decisions. The program was pioneered at South Burlington High School, Vermont, where over 1,200 students have deliberatively taken ownership of their lives by composing and communicating the core values which reside from within and using their core values as a basis for increased self-respect and future decision making. The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation is currently introducing this same program to other schools around the state.