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Colorado Mountain Club Foundation


The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation was incorporated in 1973 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation receives, administers and disburses funds for tax-exempt charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes, including, without limitation, to unite the energy, interests and knowledge of the students, explorers and lovers of the mountains of Colorado, to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains on behalf of science, literature, art and recreation, to stimulate public interest in mountain areas, and to encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna and natural scenery.

Charitable gifts to the CMC Foundation are tax-deductible and may be mailed to:

Colorado Mountain Club Foundation
710 10th ST STE 200
GOLDEN, CO 80401-5843

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Contact the CMC Foundation here.

Academic Fellowships

Since 1982, the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation has awarded fellowships for research that support the Statement of Purpose adopted by the founders of the Colorado Mountain Club in 1912:

To unite the energy, interest and knowledge of the students, explorers, and lovers of the mountains of Colorado; to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains in behalf of science, literature, art and recreation; to stimulate public interest in the mountain area; to encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna and natural scenery; and, to render readily accessible the alpine attractions of this region.

The Foundation solicits applications from students enrolled in Colorado colleges and universities and awards grants ranging from approximately $500 to $2,000 in disciplines such as biology, chemistry, ecology, forestry, geography, geology, history and law. Although fellowships are normally awarded to graduate students, undergraduates are also eligible. Students in colleges or universities outside of Colorado are welcome to apply as long as their research is carried out in the Rocky Mountain region and supports CMC's Statement of Purpose. Three outstanding applicants are awarded one of the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation's named fellowships each year: Neal B. Kindig Fellowship; Kurt Gerstle Fellowship; or Al Ossinger Fellowship.
The late Dr. Gerstle was a professor of engineering at CU Boulder. He was a long-time member of the Colorado Mountain Club and the founder of the CMCF Academic Fellowship Program. The late Dr. Kindig was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Stanford University. He was an outstanding professor of electrical engineering at CU Boulder and an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club and Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. Dr. Ossinger is a graduate of Stanford University and retired from the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a long-time member of the Colorado Mountain Club and the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, and he chaired the fellowship committee for many years.
The 2016 application period is now closed. The next application cycle will open in January 2017.