Wilderness First Responder Scholarship

Are you a BIPOC individual interested in expanding your outdoor skillset with essential wilderness medicine skills and becoming a valuable member of your outdoor community? 
Climbers of Color has partnered with the acclaimed National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to offer five full scholarships for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. 

About the Wilderness Medicine First Responder course (taken from NOLS website):


If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.


Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.


Successful course completion will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: 

- Wilderness First Responder

- Adult, and Child CPR & Airway Management

- Epinephrine Auto-injector 

Important info about this scholarship:

  • Applicants must identify the course date and location in which they wish to enroll).

  • The course must be completed by 09/01/2021.

  • Expenses for travel, accommodation and food are not included in this scholarship.

  • This is a rigorous certification course and students will be required to take an end-of-course exam in order to pass. Make sure you visit the NOLS website and read the course schedule before applying to this scholarship.

  • NO CANCELLATIONS: If a cancellation occurs, NOLS will not roll over the scholarship money to another person. In other words, cancellation will lead to a complete loss of a scholarship. Please be 100% certain you can attend before applying.


This application is open to all members of the BIPOC community, however, please note that we will preferentially choose applicants who:


  • Are involved in outdoor diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) groups or similar grassroots organizations

  • Will utilize their skills to create access for communities of color

  • Demonstrate financial need that would otherwise prevent them from enrolling in a WFR course

  • Have an interest in wilderness medicine and/or outdoor education

  • Identify as Black or Indigenous

Application:  CLOSED (Closes at midnight, March 20, 2021)
Questions?  Email info(at)climbersofcolor.org

External Scholarships

Here's a list of learning and scholarship opportunities for BIPOCs offered by other organizations:
Westin x AIARE Powder to the People Scholarship
"For those who apply and can demonstrate both need and desire to help the community around them, on the hill or off, Weston will be contributing $150 towards the cost of an AIARE 1 Course"