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./p>

Each year since inception, the Foundation has provided full tuition scholarships 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 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

Beginning in 2020 the Foundation has begun offering scholarships for youth in the Tanque Verde School District who participate in the Tanque Verde Extended Care Program. Elementary and Middle School students are taken on excursions and field trips to learn life skills through outdoor adventures. Information on this program can be obtained from Marie Benson 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