Aerie Backcountry Medicine

This page details potential scholarship opportunities for courses with Aerie. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Jake Kelley Scholarship

Jake Kelley, WEMT graduate, loved the mountains and epitomized enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits. He spent his free time mountain biking, hiking, camping and his passion was skiing. He worked diligently to achieve his goals and lived his life to the fullest doing what he loved in the outdoors. He become a WEMT so that he could become a professional ski patroller. He enjoyed helping others and had a smile that would make others smile and keep their spirits light no matter the circumstance. This scholarship is to help others with similar passions to achieve their goals and dreams.

The Jake Kelley Scholarship is intended for those seeking enrollment in Wilderness EMT courses, specifically month-long intensive courses. This scholarship will be awarded to those who demonstrate a strong desire to use their skillsets towards a future with ski patrolling.

Applicants are asked to write a short description of themselves, their future ski patrolling goals, and any other pertinent details relating to their outdoor passions. Submissions should not exceed one-page, single-spaced. The amount of scholarship award will be based on the number of accepted applicants and demonstrated need.

Aerie Backcountry Medicine management, as well as those who knew Jake the most will review submissions. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis (any time during the year). Please submit your document to with the title of “Jake Kelley Scholarship Application.”

The Adrienne Corti Memorial Scholarship

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 medical 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. Applications will be due the first of April each year, and the successful applicant will be awarded in mid-May.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Open to all UM students, with preference given to upper level and graduate IPAT students
  • Student can be either part time or full time
  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Scholarship is non-renewable

The Linnea Foundation

Coming Soon!

The Linnea Foundation is sponsoring scholarship funding for the training of Emergency Medical Technicians via Aerie. The scholarship fund is intended to support costs of training for individual(s) who exhibit the ideals of an Emergency Medical Technician including responsiveness under pressure, selflessness in emergency situations, and a strong desire to help others.  With this scholarship, it is our desire to make EMT training accessible to a student or students who would otherwise not be able to attend training due to financial limitations.

The Linnea Foundation is a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization based in Montana.  For more information about The Linnea Foundation, contact Aerie Backcountry Medicine.  More information will be available online when this scholarship becomes available to potential students.