Each year, outdoor industry leaders and private foundations generously give to the AMGA to help guides and aspiring guides reduce the costs associated with AMGA training. This year, we are happy to announce 33 scholarships opportunities open to our members applying to courses or exams in the Mountain Guide Program. At the AMGA, we work to continually improve your membership benefits. The scholarship program allows AMGA guides and aspiring guides resource assistance to reduce program costs and advance their education.
Qualified applicants must be current AMGA members, meet prerequisites for programs by time of program application, and meet application deadline(s) for their program(s). If you are awarded a scholarship, when AMGA programs open you need to apply for a program, pay program application fees, and be accepted into a program. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Thanks to our membership we have received key feedback to make this process more transparent for you all. Below you will find key information and please read before applying.
Once the application period is closed, our Membership team will review all of the applications at once and remove personal information for the review process:
Scholarship Essay Questions:
In the google form, you will answer the following essay questions. The standard process is to upload the essay questions responses in that application, however we want to adapt to the needs of other applicants. If you would like to submit an audio or video recording answering the following questions, please email: [email protected]
Please review important information regarding submission below.
NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS
The AMGA and its partners are proud to offer 33 scholarship opportunities for AMGA members.
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I need to pay for my course?
Yes, as a scholarship recipient you must pay for your course or exam. Upon the completion of your program and submission of materials you will receive a reimbursement of your scholarship funds. The AMGA is currently working to update this policy and will be seeking the guidance of our board of directors. We recognize that the up-fronting of courses is a barrier and will provide more updates as we move forward with this undertaking. If you have any further questions, please email Membership Director: [email protected]
What information do I submit in my scholarship application?
Along with your contact information, current training and certifications, and future programs, we ask for an essay to be submitted. Please take a look above for the essay questions if you would like to work on them beforehand.
Do I have to be a member to apply?
All applicants must have a current AMGA membership to be considered for scholarships. If you do not have a membership or your membership is expired, you must apply or renew immediately.
When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
All applicants will be notified by mid August.
Can I use a scholarship for a Single Pitch Instructor or Climbing Wall Instructor Course or Exam?
No. This pool of AMGA scholarships are for AMGA Mountain Guide Track Programs only.
How do I apply for a video submission scholarship?
To apply for either of our two video submission scholarships (F.O.R.G.E. and Chad Vander Ham), complete the 2021 application in addition to following the instructions listed on their respective pages.
If I am awarded a scholarship do I still need to apply to my AMGA program(s)?
Yes. Scholarship recipients must apply to their AMGA program(s) as usual and must meet the applicable application deadlines for their 2022 programs. The first half of 2022 MGP dates will be published by summer of 2021. It is your responsibility to keep an eye on MGP application period and deadlines. All prerequisites must be met for the applicable program at the time of program application.
Do I need to meet all the prerequisites for AMGA program(s) to apply for a scholarship?
In order to be eligible for an AMGA Scholarship, participants must show that they will either already meet the prerequisites or will meet the prerequisites in full by the time of the program application.
*Prerequisites can be found for each discipline at https://amga.com/programs/mountain-guide-programs/
Do I need to pay the $65.00 application fee to my AMGA program(s) if I received a scholarship?
YES. Scholarship recipients must pay the associated $65.00 application fee with any AMGA program they apply to.
What are next steps after I am offered a scholarship?
You will receive an email from the Membership team with next steps to accept your scholarship. They will send a contract with content requirements, let them know what program you would like to use your scholarship towards. Finally, apply for your course or exam as usual, if you haven't already. Please put a note in the text box of your resume for your program application indicating you are a scholarship recipient, this does not guarantee entry to the program and you still need to meet the pre-reqs and submit your application on time.
What are the required materials I need to submit to fulfill the scholarship agreement if I am awarded a scholarship?
AMGA Scholarship recipients are required to provide the AMGA office with the required scholarship materials within 4 weeks of completing an applicable program. These materials must include two (2) of these four (4) submissions: a written report of the program (500-word minimum), a 90 second-3 minute minute video, a minimum of 5 captioned photographs, or artwork. Upon receipt of the required scholarship materials, the AMGA will reimburse the applicable tuition funds.