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Gateway Partner Scholarship Program

Since 2007 we have partnered with organizations across the country to award full-tuition scholarships to exceptional youth who would otherwise not have access to NOLS Expeditions. Each summer up to 150 youth from up to 50 official Partner Organizations expand their leadership and wilderness skills at one of our seven domestic operating locations. Thousands of Gateway Partner Program graduates are now leading others in industries from conservation to software development. How can you get involved?

  • If you are a student referred by an official partner organization, start your 2019 program application here.
  • Inquire about becoming an official Partner Organization here.
  • The Gateway Partner Program is 100% funded through individual donors. Help us support more student wilderness experiences by donating today.
  • If you are an applicant not referred by an official Gateway Partner organization, learn more about our general scholarship fund here.
Apply for a Scholarship


Cultural Competency Seminar
NOLS is committed to ensuring that our faculty and staff have consistent access to training and resources that will help ensure that our community is inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all. Our internal Cultural Competency Seminar helps participants understand how larger societal systems and values impact our classrooms, as well as practical tools that we can employ to mitigate unconscious bias. 

Learn more about upcoming seminar offerings or inquire about our current curriculum here