Each year, outdoor industry leaders and private foundations generously give to the AMGA to help o 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. 

The scholarship review process: 

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: 

  • Our review committee receives their application group which they review over a period of 3-4 weeks, they will use this rubric to score each applicant. 
  • Please note that all applications are reviewed anonymously and our committee only receives your essay questions responses. 
  • Each applicant is reviewed twice by two different reviewers, if there is a scoring discrepancy, a staff member will provide a third review. 
  • Once all applications are reviewed, the Membership Team will consolidate all of the scores and look at the larger application pool.  Since each review provides a final score of 1-5, we sum the two final scores. Applicants who receive a score of 9 or higher, are considered first and we work our way through the application pool. 
  • We also take into consideration the following: previous scholarship award status, amount of times applicant has applied and not received funds, and current experience as a guide or instructor. 

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] 

  • What are your career goals and how will this positively impact your career path and personal journey? 
  • How will this opportunity allow you to pay it forward in your community and beyond? 
  • If you are applying to any identity based scholarships (Women’s, BIPOC)  please answer the following question. How have your identities informed your experience as a guide or instructor? 

Learn more about course prerequisites >>

Please review important information regarding submission below.

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