Confused about CMC Scholarships? We're here to help

A FAQ about scholarships with the Colorado Mountain Club
Graham Ottley Graham Ottley
December 08, 2023

Q: What scholarships are available through the Colorado Mountain Club?

Currently, scholarships are available through the State Office and then at the discretion of Regional Groups. If you are looking to complete your Wilderness First Aid this can be found through the Roder Scholarship. The requirement to receive a scholarship is that you commit to leading 6 trips or school field days in the two years following your training.  

State Office/All Members: Announced weekly
Wilderness First Aid
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance

Denver Group: Announced annually starting Dec 1
AIARE Level 1
AIARE Level 2
AIARE Companion Rescue

Other certifications may be eligible for scholarships but it is up to the Group to determine this. 

Q: What makes a member eligible to receive a scholarship?

The Roder Leadership Scholarship is available to CMC members who are volunteer trip leaders, school directors, school instructors, or those in training. You must also be able to fulfil the requirements of your scholarship by leading 6 trips/course days over the following 2 years.

Q: What happens if I commit to the requirements and don't fulfill them?

Future scholarship applications will take into consideration previous commitments. 

Q: What if I've already registered for a course and would like the scholarship to apply for this?

Please do not pay for a course anticipating a reimbursement. Approved applicants will be notified by email with more information.

Q: Where can I find more information about Scholarships?

Q: Who is "Roder"?

Eckart Roder was a long-time, tireless volunteer for the Colorado Mountain Club until his tragic death in a ski lift accident in 2003. The Education Fund was started to honor and remember Eckart the man, the person we climbed with and loved. Since 2004, the fund has awarded grants to help the Denver, Boulder, Pikes Peak, Fort Collins, and El Pueblo groups with worthwhile education projects. These have included advanced training for leaders in climbing and skiing, risk management, team building, avalanche awareness and preparedness, and other important education efforts. If you would like to donate to this fund, you can do so HERE.  

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