Scholarships

Each year, outdoor industry leaders and private foundations generously give to the AMGA so guides and aspiring guides have the opportunity to access skills and training they need. This year, we are happy to announce 18 scholarship 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 program(s) and meet application deadline(s) for their program(s). Once AMGA programs open and you are awarded a scholarship, you need to apply for a program, pay program application fees, and be accepted into a program.  Contact [email protected] with questions.

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Please review important information regarding submission below.

  • 2021 Scholarships | Application Information

    The 2021 Scholarship application period is Open

    • Applications close August 17
    • Announcements will be released the week of September 7

    Apply Here 

     

  • IMPORTANT NOTES FOR APPLICANTS

    NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS

    • Applicants must be current AMGA members.
    • Scholarship recipients must apply to their AMGA program(s) as usual and must meet the applicable application deadline(s) for their 2019 program(s).
    • All prerequisites must be met in full at the time of application.
    • Scholarship recipients are still required to pay the $65.00 non-refundable application fee that is associated with all AMGA Mountain Guide Program applications.
    • It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to meet the application deadline(s) and submit a complete application(s). Recipients that fail to meet the deadlines and application requirements will forfeit their scholarship with no transfer option.
    • All AMGA Scholarship recipient will be required to provide the AMGA office with the required scholarship materials within 4 weeks of completing an applicable program.
    • All scholarship recipients must pay for courses and exams 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 for the amount awarded to you. The sooner you turn in your course materials, the sooner we can begin the reimbursement process.
    • To learn about how to apply to a program and how applications are reviewed: Apply to a Mountain Guide Program
    • To see the AMGA Course Schedule (please note, 2021 course schedule is not yet posted due to Coronavirus delays, we hope to post the schedule in in fall 2020 ): AMGA Course Schedules.

     

     

  • Available Scholarships

    The AMGA and its partners are proud to offer 18 scholarship opportunities for AMGA members.

  • Scholarship FAQs

    Q. What information do I submit in my scholarship application? 

    A. Along with your contact information, current trainings and certifications, and future programs, we ask for an essay to be submitted. In the essay we ask you to answer the following questions: What makes you a great candidate for an AMGA scholarship? What are your professional goals and how will this scholarship help you get there?

    Q. Do I have to be a member to apply?

    A. 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.

    Q. When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

    A. All applicants will be notified by the week of September 7, 2020 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 committee will review all submissions and rank applicants accordingly. The committee uses a rubric to evaluate all applications, the main categories are:

      • Eligibility and Effort of your application and essay
      • Commitment to Guiding Profession
      • Commitment to Professional Development and Continuing Education

    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 2021 application 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 2021 programs. All prerequisites must be met for the applicable program.


    Q. Do I need to meet all the prerequisites for AMGA program(s) to apply for a scholarship?
    A. In order to be eligible for an AMGA Scholarship, participants must show that they will a) meet the prerequisites at the time of application or b) will easily be able to meet the prerequisites in full by the time of the program.
    *Prerequisites can be found for each discipline at https://amga.com/programs/mountain-guide-programs/


    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. What are next steps after I am offered a scholarship?
    A. You will receive an email from the Membership and Communications 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 if you do not meet the prerequisites or do not apply on time.


    Q. What are the required materials I need to submit to fulfill the scholarship agreement if I am awarded a scholarship?
    A. 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 three (3) submissions: a written report of the program (500-word minimum), a 90 second-3 minute minute video, and a minimum of 5 captioned photographs. Upon receipt of the required scholarship materials, the AMGA will reimburse the applicable tuition funds.


    Q. If I am awarded a scholarship, do I need to pay for my course?
    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 for the amount awarded to you. The sooner you turn in your course materials, the sooner we can begin the reimbursement process.

  • Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • Give to a Scholarship Fund

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

 

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