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Center for Wilderness Safety (CWS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a partner of the Wilderness Medical Society, dedicated to wilderness medicine education and training.

Specializing in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder, CWS works with many organizations, including Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America), American Canoe Association, U.S. Department of Interior , U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers (and many more), to promote the development and personal implementation of both the clinical and fundamental skills necessary in the field of wilderness medicine.

Sean D. Keener Memorial Scholarship
Since its inception, the mission of Center for Wilderness Safety has been to provide individuals and communities opportunities to gain response skills necessary for emergencies. To make our courses accessible to more people, CWS offers several scholarships each year. Scholarships are available for all courses listed on our schedule.These scholarships have been made possible by donations from amazing alumni and friends of CWS, in the name of our former program director Sean Keener, who passed away unexpectedly in 2010. A former Marine, Sean was extremely passionate about both wilderness medicine and teaching others to save lives, making the world a better place to live in.
Sean D. Keener, former Program Director
We will confirm receipt of your application along with a timeline for response.  We work to make all award offers within 30 days of the receipt of an application.
Please Note:While we do award full tuition scholarships, most scholarship awards do not typically exceed 25% – 50% of the course tuition.

Scholarship Opportunities