A key component to the success of the AMGA and its aspiring guides are the partial- and full-tuition scholarships provided by outdoor industry leaders and private foundations. Their generosity means that you—guides and aspiring AMGA guides—have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and training you need to be America’s best. Of equal importance are the long-lasting bonds developed between you, these industry partners, and the AMGA. Working together, we raise awareness of and respect for the mountain guiding community as a whole.

If you are interested in supporting a partial- or full-tuition scholarship, contact Dana Richardson at If you’d like to donate to a memorial fund, please go here.

Please contact Valerie Bender if you have any questions regarding the scholarship application at **Please note: These scholarships are ONLY for students going through the AMGA guide track programs. All people interested in SPI scholarships can contact the SPI Providers, to see if they offer any scholarships for students.

The 2015 scholarship application period is CLOSED. The 2016 application period will open up Spring 2015.

2014 Scholarship Recipients
2015 Scholarship Recipients

Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund Scholarships are video submissions and details can be found on Chad’s Memorial Fund page, as well as, Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere (F.O.R.G.E.) Splitboard Ski Guide Scholarship video submission and details found on Rick’s Memorial Fund page.

If you’d like to be on the 2016 AMGA Scholarship Committee, please contact Valerie Bender (

To better serve our members, we are improving the scholarship application process.

Changes you will notice:

  • The applications will be reviewed and recipients will be notified in a timely manner once the application period closes.
  • New streamlined, fillable PDF making it an easy-to-fill application.
  • You do not need to be enrolled in program to apply for scholarship, but you do have to enroll and pay for the program before it begins. **Please ensure that you qualify for the programs you are wanting to apply the scholarship towards!
  • You no longer need to apply for multiple scholarships and only need to submit one application.

Here is a list of scholarships the AMGA offers to students:

Full-Tuition Scholarships

Partial-Tuition Scholarships

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