Thank you for your interest in Mazama Activities*! Inherent in the mission of the Mazamas, “Inspiring everyone to love and protect the mountains,” is making a commitment to better serve a more diverse outdoor recreational community in Oregon and beyond. Part of our current strategic plan is to research and develop pilot programs to increase the accessibility and relevance of the Mazama programs so we can better meet our mission. We are offering financial aid towards our activity programs to allow people to participate who would not be able to do so without financial assistance. 

Financial aid applications are reviewed by a volunteer scholarship review team. See our criteria for more details on how we determine financial awards. LINK.

Financial aid application and review is a confidential process. All applicants are reviewed without any identifying information. Certain Mazama staff will need to know applicant identity for activity acceptance reasons only. Please contact Claire Nelson at claire@mazamas.org for any questions or concerns.

Financial aid will be awarded to a limited number of applicants per climb season. Awardees will pay the reduced fee of $20 per climb for up to two climbs over the course of two climb seasons.*

Financial Aid is for activity cost only. Other costs associated with the activity may apply, at the participant’s own expense. Please see the activity description for associated costs and logistics. The Mazamas will contact you with the status of your financial aid application before climb season registration opens in order for you to make an informed financial decision about applying. Climb leaders will not have knowledge of your financial need status. If awardees apply for and are accepted on more than two climbs, they are liable for the full cost of those additional climbs, or the cancellation fees associated. 

Contact Claire Nelson at clairenelson@mazamas.org or 971-420-2501 if you have any questions. 

*This year, we are piloting the Activity Financial Aid program with the 2020 Mazama Climb season. Please stay tuned for financial aid opportunities for Mazama Activity programs in the future.

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As we begin this new year, please consider giving someone a life-changing opportunity through a donation towards the Mazama Scholarship Fund. The Mazama Scholarship Fund supports diverse programming at the Mazamas, and allows us to offer educational outdoor experiences to everyone in our community. Scholarships are granted across all of our education and youth programs, and cover partial or full tuition for classes. We rely on generous donors like you to make this important programming possible. Please help us create opportunities to inspire everyone to love and protect the mountains and donate today!

“I am so fortunate to have received a scholarship to help me attend the course BCEP. Because of the scholarship I was able to take a class that introduced me to mountaineering and rock climbing, which previously I had no experience. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to participate in the BCEP course. The BCEP class has expanded my knowledge and helped me to share that knowledge with others. I love to share with the community what I have learned and introduce them to mountaineering and the Mazamas. I have shared with family and friends the many classes and instruction that Mazamas offers. I cannot say thank you enough to all those that have contributed to the scholarship fund, it has given me and others the opportunity that we may not have otherwise been financially able to do. I am forever changed by this scholarship and able to experience the outdoors like I never have before.”

—2019 Scholarship Recipient

“Without the scholarship I received I would never have been able to afford BCEP. The financial assistance I received allowed me to gain access to a level of understanding of the mountains and practical skills that have opened up enormous possibilities for me. I have since participated in MFA again with a scholarship, become a Mazamas Hike Leader to give back, and plan to apply for a scholarship for ICS in order that I may gain the skills to eventually climb lead myself, all to give back to a community that has embraced me. The thought that a cost prohibitive situation would have cut me out of the Mazamas altogether is a dark one. Without this continued assistance there are many others like me who would be unable to reach their full potential as mountaineers, stewards of the wilderness, and just all around good people.”

—2019 Scholarship Recipient