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Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible for Scholarship and how is it determined?

Anyone may apply for a scholarship. The Mountaineers uses a combination of total household income, number of dependents, and any special circumstances to determine scholarship amount. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are dedicated to providing quality programming to all those that are interested.


How long does the Scholarship award process typically take?

Though we try to process Scholarship applications in a prompt manner, please allow 4-6 weeks lead time before a course to ensure that you receive a timely answer. The processing of Scholarship applications can take up to two weeks and your scholarship must be applied at the time of registration. Scholarships can not be applied to courses or activities already registered for.


Who will be reviewing my application?

A small subset of the Education team reviews all Scholarship applications. All information is handled confidentially and kept secure.


Are scholarships available at all Mountaineers branches?

Yes, Scholarships are available at all of our branches.

What information will I need in order to complete my application?

In addition to information such as applicant names and contact info, the application will ask about information on the specific course or other program, program cost, assistance needs, as well as a copy of your tax return or a pay stub. In addition, there will be a field in which applicants can highlight any special circumstances that should be considered.

May I do anything in return for this scholarship?

Yes! Although The Mountaineers has a small full-time staff, volunteers are responsible for running most of the programs. Volunteer leaders do everything from leading trips to teaching classes to promoting their programs. We'd love to have you volunteer! Also, if you feel comfortable doing so, please share your story! Submitting a short note about your experience helps us promote the Scholarship program to donors and other potential recipients.

How do I apply for the Liesl Waldhausen Basic Climbing Scholarship?
In order to apply for the Liesl Waldhausen Basic Climbing Scholarship, you must select Climbing as the type of program you are applying for in question number two. Be sure to select Basic Alpine Climbing/Mountaineering in the pop-down menu.