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Scholarships for Individuals

About half of NOLS' budgeted scholarship funds go to individual scholarships. These scholarships allow us to recognize not only need and merit, but also diversity and inclusion. We believe that inclusion is intrinsically connected to strong leadership and that every individual has unique perspectives and values to contribute. In order to maximize the wealth of diversity we all bring to the field, we seek to incorporate a broad student population.

Scholarships for Outdoor Educators

Educating outdoor leaders has been a priority for NOLS since the school was founded in 1965. This focus allows NOLS to leverage its scholarship efforts in a powerful way by educating teachers, program leaders and land managers.

Scholarships for Locals

The final segment of scholarship funds is awarded to individuals who live in areas in which we operate. For example, in Mexico and Chile we conduct Spanish Programs for land managers, educators and guides. Prioritizing students who are local to our course areas strengthens our programs from the ground up.

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NOLS Memorial and Named Scholarships

NOLS has established many named or memorial scholarships at the request of supporters. These are endowed or annually funded programs that award scholarships based on specific criteria, or in memory of an individual.

A committee at NOLS reviews all scholarship applications for potential matches with the requirements of these annual and endowed scholarships. We will contact the donors, if required, and inform you if you are awarded these funds.

For more information, download the complete list of NOLS Memorial and Named Scholarships (pdf).



"The three months I spent in the Pacific Northwest were, without a doubt, the greatest adventure of my life. I met a group of nine strangers who became like a family to me, and discovered a sense of peace, and a sense of self, more valuable than anything I could have ever hoped to gain through a NOLS Semester. I learned how to cook, live, and survive in the backcountry. I learned to be a better leader, expedition member, and friend."

Scholarship Recipient

Sasha Aronson

Semester in the Pacific Northwest 2010

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