Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center


Johnny Soderstrom Memorial Scholarship

The Johnny Soderstrom Memorial Scholarship Fund encourages young mountain enthusiasts to acquire avalanche education in order to improve decision making and increase their level of safety and awareness in the backcountry.

Award levels are designed to cover half the cost of recreational avalanche courses, up to $250, and are subject to available funds.




2023/24 HPAC and Alaska Avalanche School Joint Scholarship

Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center (HPAC) and the Alaska Avalanche School (AAS) are excited to offer seven scholarship opportunities for AAS avalanche education programs. Applicants must reside in Alaska. Each scholarship will include full tuition for an AAS recreational course during the 2023/2024 winter season.

HPAC and AAS seek to break down barriers to entry for individuals seeking avalanche education. We will be reviewing applications based on the following:

  • Need for tuition assistance
  • Commitment to strengthen avalanche awareness in their community
  • Applicants belonging to groups who are underrepresented in formal avalanche trainings, including motorized users, BIPOC, and people who identify as women, non-binary, and/or LGBTQIA.
Applications accepted October 1 – 15, 2023, and awardees will be notified by November 1, 2023.
  • Scholarship awardees will be contacted when selected to complete the registration process with AAS.
  • Scholarship funds will be credited directly to awardees’ tuition for the selected course.
  • Awardees will be asked to pay a $50 deposit that will be returned to them after the course is completed. If this is a financial barrier to application, please contact marissa@hpavalanche.org.
  • In the event an awardee needs to cancel their course within two weeks of the course start date, the $50 deposit will not be returned to the awardee.

Applications have closed. Please apply for the JSMSF above, starting November 1.

Please direct any questions regarding the application to: marissa@hpavalanche.org. Applicants will be reviewed jointly by HPAC and AAS.