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NOLS Scholarships

Anyone can apply for a NOLS scholarship by submitting the NOLS admission application and $65 application fee and a scholarship application (pdf). We are only accepting applications for Fall 2016 and later.

Depending upon course type and cost, the typical scholarship award ranges from $500 to $2,000. Full scholarships are rare. Scholarships for NOLS semesters never exceed $6,000. Please do not apply for a higher dollar amount than you need.

These scholarship dollars are made available through the generosity of alumni and friends to the NOLS Scholarship Fund. Our graduates realize the great impact a NOLS education has and volunteer both time and money to further the school's mission.

All scholarship applications are reviewed upon receipt. While there is no specific application deadline, NOLS scholarship funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Applications will be reviewed within ten business days of receipt of the completed application. When a decision has been made, a notification letter will be mailed from our Admissions Office.

Paul Petzoldt Legacy Scholarship

  Paul Petzoldt

The Paul Petzoldt Legacy Scholarship was created to recognize the founder of NOLS and to provide a means for those he helped to give something back to the school he started and to the future generations of students whose lives will be touched by Paul's vision.

This scholarship enables a deserving individual to take any course in Wyoming up to 30 days in length. Applicants must submit an application and with a letter of recommendation from a NOLS grad who completed their course 20 years prior to the start of the applicant’s course date. These applications must be received on or before Feb. 1. Applications may also be obtained from the alumni office (800-332-4280 or For more information and to download an application, click here.

Branch Scholarships

Each NOLS campus has a scholarship. Contact your branch for more information.

The Fremont County and Wind River Indian Reservation Scholarship, sponsored by NOLS Rocky Mountain, is available to residents of Fremont County and Wind River Indian Reservation. These scholarships are awarded based on both need and merit, and may be used for any summer field expedition or wilderness medicine course, at any NOLS location worldwide.

For more information, contact NOLS Rocky Mountain at

The Australia Foundation  provides funding for scholarships to NOLS Australia and New Zealand courses. Australian and New Zealand Citizens are eligible for the scholarships. Interested and eligible students should contact NOLS Australia at or our New Zealand location at

NOLS Founder, Paul Petzoldt
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