Aerie Backcountry Medicine

About Adrienne

Adrienne arrived in Missoula in 1980 to attend the University of Montana, where she earned her Master’s degree in recreation management. During her early days in Missoula, Adrienne worked at the YWCA and for the Wellness Center, Campus Recreation and Human Resources within the University. Shortly after 2000, Adrienne found her “work family” when she accepted a position in the Department of Health and Human Performance. In her new position she laid the foundation for one of the most diverse activity class programs, which now offers more than 100 recreation sections each semester. Adrienne also brought her passion for life and active lifestyle to the program. In her free time she served as a ski instructor and Pro Patroller at Montana Snowbowl, was active in Missoula Freestyle and worked for Aerie Backcountry Medicine. Adrienne always lived life at warp speed and thoroughly enjoyed life. Her family and friends thought of her as an Italian Eveready bunny. Adrienne was the kind of person who excelled at everything she did and focused her sharp mind and endless energy on countless people and projects throughout the community, always with the goal of helping others succeed. On May 28, 2013 Adrienne passed away after a long, fierce fight against cancer. Adrienne was the captain of her ship right up to the end and will be remembered as a brave, kind soul graced with a quick wit. Adrienne will be missed by many but forgotten by none that knew her.

Adrienne Corti Memorial Scholarship

As envisioned, the Adrienne Corti Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UM student with a connection to the outdoors – and a student who is looking to pursue certification as a wilderness emergency medicine technician (WEMT). This scholarship embodies Adrienne’s love of wilderness medicine and the great outdoors. The University of Montana’s Department of Health and Human Performance and Aerie Backcountry Medicine are partnering to create this scholarship opportunity. The scholarship recipient will be able to register for a WEMT course offered through Aerie Backcountry Medicine. The first scholarship was awarded spring 2014.

Donate to the Adrienne Corti Memorial Scholarship here.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Preference given to upper level and graduate students at UM
  • Open to all UM students; preference will be given to HHP students
  • Enrolled at UM either part-time or full-time (no preference given)
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Scholarship is non-renewable


Download the Scholarship Application.