Scholarships

Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Training Awards
Application Deadline: November 17, 2017

The Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Training Awards were established to honor Jake Merrill’s commitment to education and quality outdoor leadership. Awards will be made to annually to students who demonstrate financial need, potential in the area of outdoor leadership, and a commitment to the development of community through outdoor engagement.

The purpose of these training awards is to provide support for students at Western Washington University who are interested in further developing their outdoor leadership skills, especially in the area of wilderness medical training, avalanche training and awareness, and high angle rescue. The award recipients will receive one of three opportunities: 1) one course in Wilderness as a First Responder at WWU, 2) one course in avalanche training, or 3) one course in high angle rescue. The scholarships are made possible by Mt. Baker Mountain Guides (John Minier, owner), North Cascades Mountain Guides (Larry Goldie, owner), and the Jake Merrill Program Endowment.

For more detailed information: Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Training Awards Fall 2017

Application Process: The following scholarship application materials must be submitted to Katey Roemmele in Carver 209A or via katey.roemmele@wwu.edu by November 17, 2017.

1. A short essay that addresses the criteria in the above pdf
2. An unofficial transcript/academic history

If you have any questions, please contact Katey Roemmele at 360-650-3782 or katey.roemmele@wwu.edu.

Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Scholarship 2017
(already awarded for 2016-17)

The Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Scholarship was established to honor Jake Merrill’s commitment to education and to quality outdoor leadership. Each year an award will be made to a student(s) who demonstrates financial need, potential in the area of outdoor leadership, and a commitment to the development of community through outdoor engagement.

Click Jake Merrill Outdoor Leadership Scholarship 2017 for more detailed information about the scholarship.

Application Process: The following scholarship application materials must be submitted to Katey Roemmele in Carver 209A by [date already passed for 2016-17].

1. A completed Scholarship Application Form 2017.

2. A short essay addressing the following criteria (not to exceed 1000 words):
(a) Outstanding potential in the field of outdoor leadership
(b) Financial need
(c) A commitment to using outdoor leadership to develop and foster a strong sense of community

3. An unofficial transcript / academic history (minimum 3.0 GPA required)

4. Three Scholarship Recommendation Form 2017 (may not be from a Recreation faculty member)

If you have any questions, please contact Katey Roemmele at 360-650-3782 or katey.roemmele@wwu.edu.

Recreation Program Legacy Scholarship 2017‚Äč
(already awarded for 2016-17)

The Recreation Program Legacy Scholarship honors students in previous Recreation Program Phases who have made continuing contributions to the fund to help offset the costs associated with Recreation Majors’ internships. Over the past several years, Phase IV students have raised over $10,000 for the Legacy Scholarship fund though their fundraising efforts. The scholarship award for each year depends on available funds, but typically ranges from $250 to $650.

To qualify, students must:

  • Be a Recreation Major
  • Successfully complete Phase II
  • Register for Internship I and II OR Internship III (spring or summer quarter 2016)


Further, applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Demonstration of financial need
  • The coherence between the internship and the applicant’s career goals


In some cases consideration may also be given to academic history and/or phase involvement.  Award decisions are made by a selection committee comprised of Recreation Program faculty.

The following scholarship application materials must be submitted to Katey Roemmele in the Recreation Program Office, Carver 209A, by [date already passed for 2016-17].

  1. A completed File Scholarship Application Form 2017
  2. An unofficial transcript/academic history
  3. Three File Scholarship Recommendation Form 2017 (may not be from a Recreation faculty member)


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Katey Roemmele at 360-650-3782 / katey.roemmele@wwu.edu or Randy Burtz at 360-650-7572 / randall.burtz@wwu.edu.

Additional Scholarships

Recreation majors are also eligible to apply for several other departmental scholarships. For additional information on how to apply to these HHD scholarships, click here