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  • About AMGA Scholarships

    A key component to the success of the AMGA and its aspiring guides are the 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.

  • Available Scholarships

    The AMGA and its partners are proud to offer 24 scholarship opportunities for AMGA members. All scholarships are for $2000.00 unless otherwise noted.

  • 2018 Scholarships | Application Information

    Important Dates

    All 2018 scholarships have been awarded. Check back for information on how to apply for 2019 scholarships soon!

    All 2018 Scholarship Applications are due by July 1, 2017.

    The 2018 Scholarship Application Notification Deadline is August 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified by this date in regard to their award status.

    How to Apply

    To apply for an AMGA Scholarship:

    For F.O.R.G.E. (Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere - Splitboard scholarship) and Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund (Ski discipline):

    • The F.O.R.G.E. And CVH scholarships require video submissions in addition to the application
    • Please visit the F.O.R.G.E page for details on how to apply to this scholarship
    • Please visit the Chad Vander Ham page for details on how to apply to this scholarship

    Please note, AMGA scholarships are for members going through the Guide Track Programs. AMGA scholarships do not apply to SPI or CWI Programs.

  • Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • Scholarship FAQs

    Q. When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
    A. All applicants will be notified by August 11, 2017 of their scholarship award status.

    Q. Can I use a scholarship for a Single Pitch Instructor or Climbing Wall Instructor Course or Exam?
    A. No. AMGA scholarships are for AMGA Mountain Guide Track Programs only.

    Q. How are recipients selected?
    A. Once the application period closes, all applications are sent to committee for review. The scholarship committees will review all submissions and rank applicants accordingly.

    Q. How do I apply for a video submission scholarship?
    A. To apply for either of our two video submission scholarships (F.O.R.G.E. and Chad Vander Ham), complete the 2018 applications in addition to following the instructions listed on their respective pages.

    Q. If I am awarded a scholarship do I still need to apply to my AMGA program(s)?
    A. YES. Scholarship recipients must apply to their AMGA program(s) as usual and must meet the applicable application deadlines for their 2017 programs. All prerequisites must be met for the applicable program.

    Q. Do I need to pay the $65.00 application fee to my AMGA program(s) if I received a scholarship?
    A. YES. Scholarship recipients must pay the associated $65.00 application fee with any AMGA program they apply to.

    Q. I received a scholarship, now what?
    A. Let the Membership Coordinator know what program you would like to use your scholarship towards. Apply for your course or exam as usual (please put a note in the text box of your resume for your program application indicating you are a scholarship recipient).

    Q. I received a scholarship, do I need to pay for my course or exam?
    A. Yes. As a scholarship recipient you must pay for your course or exam as usual. Once your program is complete and you have submitted the required scholarship materials to the AMGA office, you will be issued a reimbursement check from the AMGA office.

  • Give to a Scholarship Fund

    If you are interested in supporting a scholarship, please contact Dana Richardson at [email protected]. To learn more about our memorial funds please click here. To donate to a scholarship or memorial fund, please click here.

Students on the R1 RGC in Joshua Tree National Park | Photo by Christian Santelices

Students on the R1 RGC 16 in Joshua Tree National Park | Photo by Christian Santelices