Scholarship Information

Information for Applicants

The Foundation's goal is to provide funding to adolescents and young adults for programs that teach and encourage outdoor leadership. Scholarships are awarded from the income generated annually by the endowment fund.

Each year scholarships are given for students to participate in wilderness experiences and/or courses through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Applications of students signed up for these programs are considered for partial or full payment of their fees. Priority is given to young students from Arizona or students taking trips and courses in Arizona. Information on the available programs and possible scholarship funding can be obtained from the main office of NOLS in Lander, Wyoming.

We also provide full tuition for deserving students to attend the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Course in Flagstaff each winter. Applications and information about this course can be obtained from the director, Pete Walka, in Flagstaff, Arizona. He can be reached by email at and through Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

The Foundation has recently teamed with Ironwood Tree Experience, a new organization founded in Tucson, Arizona, to provide funding to local youth for various educational trips throughout the Southwest. Information about the programs and scholarships can be obtained from Eric and Suzanne Druv at Ironwood Tree Experience or through their website at

In addition to these awards from the Dustin and Kristen Yoder Memorial Foundation, the faculty at Northern Arizona University established the Yoder Outdoor Leader Scholarship in memory of Dustin and Kristen. This scholarship is funded through the NAU Foundation and provides scholarships for students enrolled at Northern Arizona University participating in the Parks and Recreation Management Program. Information and applications for this scholarship can be obtained through the administrative office in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at NAU.

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Dustin's Portait Link to Biography
Dustin James Yoder
9/28/82 - 6/27/06

Kristen's Portait Link to Biography
Kristen Elise Yoder
11/6/84 - 6/27/06