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The CMC Leadership Project

The CMC Leadership Project is a statewide program to invest in our volunteer trip leaders and school instructors. Together, they take our nearly 6,500 members on over 3,000 outings annually and teach 3,286 members in our schools. Our volunteers create a community of responsible outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado. The CMC Leadership Project provides opportunities for training and skill development to support and appreciate our volunteer leadership, and promote volunteerism at the CMC.


Leadership Project Scholarships:

The CMC Leadership Project has scholarships to support continued education and training for CMC trip leaders and instructors. To be eligible for a Leadership Project scholarship, you must be an active CMC trip leader, instructor or member in the process of becoming a trip leader or instructor. You must also be able to fulfill the requirements of your scholarship award (lead 6 trips/course days over following 2 years). At this time, scholarships are available for the following courses: 

- Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
- Wilderness First Aid 
Additional requirement to have led 5 trips over the last year to qualify for: 
- AIARE Level 1 
- AIARE Level 2 *with 3 trips being on avalanche terrain
- AIARE Companion Rescue 
- AMGA Single Pitch Instructor *with 3 trips being technical climbing
- Wilderness First Responder
To apply for a Leadership Project Scholarship, please submit an online applicationThe CMC State office will review applications on a rolling basis. Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds and equitable distribution across CMC groups. This is an application to receive discount codes for CMC WFA/WFR, ATA, & CPR. Other trainings will be reimbursed. Approved applicants will be notified by email. 
​To inquire about special trainings provided by organizations other than the CMC, please contact the CMC scholarship coordinator:

Terms of Agreement:

Scholarship Recipient Expectations

- As a scholarship recipient, you agree to lead a minimum of 6 CMC trips or school field days in the two years following your training. 

- If you do not fulfill your leader/instructor commitment, you may be ineligible for future scholarship funding.