The Scholarshipwrights' programs stem from the example of Dr. Kurt Hahn (1886-1974), founder of the Outward Bound Trust. Hahn's legacy continues in more than 100 schools, programs and projects worldwide all of which share a goal of pushing quarreling humanity into the path of peace. In the late 1940s, Hahn called attention to the Six Decays. He stated:
“I mention six decays, which surround and influence us all, young and old: There is the decline of fitness due to the modern methods of locomotion. There is the decline of skill and care due to the weakened tradition of craftsmanship. There is the decline of initiative due to the widespread disease of spectatoritis. There is the decline of self-discipline due to the ever-present availability of tranquilizers and stimulants. There is a decline of memory and imagination due to the confused restlessness of modern life. There is the decline––worst of all––of compassion, which William Temple called ‘spiritual death.’”
Towards that end Hahn urged the youth of all ages to “train for and through” the sea, the mountains, or a craft where "for" means gaining skills and knowledge, and "through" means developing character. And strengthening character means building healthy and compassionate communities.