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Indigenous Wilderness First Responder Scholarship


With a generous seed grant on behalf of the John P. Torgenson Donor Advised Fund at SEI Giving Fund, and in memory of Karen Reyes, Grand Canyon River Guides is proud to announce an annual scholarship to cover 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) tuition for individuals from the eleven affiliated tribes of Grand Canyon. Our hope is this Indigenous WFR scholarship can help ease that path for the original stewards of Grand Canyon by facilitating and encouraging much needed diversity, equity, and inclusion in Grand Canyon's outdoor industry workforce.


In order to build in flexibility for applicants, we chose broad parameters so that the Indigenous WFR Scholarship can serve as a springboard for working in any aspect of the outdoor industry (river guide, hiking guide, science work, etc.) in Grand Canyon and beyond!


GCRG will fund up to three full scholarships per year, but applicants can request partial tuition depending upon need. The scholarship program works quite simply with open enrollment throughout the year, on a first come, first served basis until funds are gone. Once accepted, GCRG will pay the first aid class provider directly for the WFR course that works best for the recipient's schedule. A stipend to offset food/lodging costs during the course is also available to those who need it.


More details on the Indigenous Wilderness First Responder Scholarship Program and the fillable Scholarship Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/rQrDEBTvTYw1NAeD8


And please spread the word to anyone who might be interested! Thanks.