Amy Downing Scholarship Fund

Born and raised in Anchorage, Amy was a regular in the Anchorage outdoor community. She lived for adventure and companionship in the backcountry. Amy continually pushed herself to try new things and develop her outdoor skills. She thrived on the feeling of empowerment that wilderness experiences gave her, and was always looking to share those feelings and experiences with others. A gifted connector, she had a natural ability to bring people together, usually outside. Amy’s enthusiasm for skiing and adventure is dearly missed.

This scholarship offers women the opportunity to gain the skills and equipment necessary to have their own adventures in the backcountry and the chance to experience the same feelings of empowerment and joy that drew Amy to the wilderness.

The Amy Downing Scholarship Fund was established by Charlie’s Produce, with generous support from Tote Maritime. 2017/18 recipients will each receive a beacon, shovel and probe donated by Deuter/Ortovox.

Donations can be made into the Amy Downing Scholarship Fund here for members and here for sponsors. Specify the amount you’d like to donate next to “Downing Avalanche Scholarship Fund” on the right side of the screen.

Amy Downing Scholarship Fund Application process:

  1. 3-5 scholarships will be available each season to women seeking an Avy 1, Avy 2 or beginner snowmachine-specific course. A beacon, shovel and probe are included with the scholarship award.
  2. Scholarships must be used within one year of being awarded.
  3. Local offerings include courses through Alaska Avalanche School and If you wish to take another instate or out-of-state course, please specify in your application. Eligible courses must conform to national standards.
  4. Potential recipients must write a request, no more than two pages, to the F-CNFAIC scholarship committee that includes:
    • A brief candidate resume/bio
    • Course name and dates
    • An explanation of why the applicant feels she should be awarded the scholarship

The deadline for applications is December 1. Requests will be reviewed and awarded by the end of the calendar year. To apply, email your request to or submit by mail to:

PO Box 242482
Anchorage, AK 99524-2482

Downing Avalanche Scholarship Fund Funders
Aliza S Andy DCharlie And Courtni Billow Ray& Marilee Bowen Mick Bradway
Keith Brewe Nick Brewe Carly Byrne Ben and Rachel Crawford
Kathy & Tom Downing Oliver Evans Tuck Hayes Carolyn Seramur
John & Gail Travers Gary and Lark Young

Rob Hammel Scholarship Fund

Rob was an outstanding member of the local community, a veteran ski patroller, and professional colleague. He was a dedicated friend of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and worked to educate the next generation in avalanche safety. Rob had a sincere passion for the outdoors and skiing. Rob was a strong supporter of the avalanche center, and his contributions will be missed.

We thank the Hammel Family and all the supporters for the generous donations sent to the avalanche center in Rob’s name. These donations will be dedicated to this memorial scholarship fund to give educational opportunities to those who cannot afford it.

If you would like to donate to the Rob Hammel Fund please make your donation through the membership donation section of this website, then send us a follow up email and we will apply your donation amount to the scholarship fund.

Rob Hammel Scholarship Fund Application process:

2 Scholarships available: Avalanche Professionals ($500), Recreational ($500)

  1. Scholarships are awarded to individuals for avalanche education on a yearly basis. Scholarships must be used for the course or educational offering for which they are awarded.
  2. Potential recipients must write a request to the F-CNFAIC board/ scholarship committee. The request will identify which scholarship (Professional or Recreational), course name, dates, a brief candidate resume/bio and, most importantly, the merits of the course to the recipient. Essentially, scholarship candidates must explain to the committee, in writing, why they should receive a scholarship.
  3. In addition to need, applicants who will be applying for the avalanche professional scholarship who will use the training to promote further education and safety (e.g. snow professionals or educators) will be given favor.
  4. The deadline for applications is December 1. Requests will be reviewed and awarded at the monthly F-CNFAIC board/scholarship committee meeting following the deadline.

Recipients must use scholarship money within one year of receiving award.

Eligible courses or educational experiences must conform to national standards. Scholarships for professional workshops or conferences will be considered on a case by case basis by the board.

To apply, email your request to or submit by mail to:

PO Box 242482
Anchorage, AK 99524-2482

Hammel Avalanche Scholarship Fund Funders
Jaime Andersen & Eeva LatosuoMick Bradway Ralph and Carolyn Brodin Murphy Brothers
Sarah Carter John Castellot Ivan Chikigak-Steadman Andy & Bea Dietrick
Ryan Hammel Rorie Hammel Rorie Hammel Raina Hammel & Richard Segal
Tuck Hayes Mark And Julie Jonas Mark & Julie JonasJim & Sue Kennedy
Dan Kiland Valerie Waldrop & Marc KornmesserEeva Latosuo & Jaime AndersenRyan Lewthwaite
Katie Ronsse Libby Dave Marshall Debra Mcghan Konrad Mittelstadt
Bill Romberg Matt Schwartz Carolyn Seramur Chris And Stacie Tierney
Wunnicke-carroll Family