NOLS Scholarship Program
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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The Decision Process
A committee of representatives from Admissions and Operations makes NOLS scholarship decisions. We evaluate applications by course type: all semester course applicants together, all outdoor educator course applicants together, etc. In this way we're able to reserve money for each area and avoid comparing applicants to others with a different league of experience. Scholarships are the best way to make NOLS' education more accessible.
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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.