Scholarships and Financial Aid


It is the vision of Philmont Scout Ranch to continue to positively impact the lives of young people and their Scouting leaders through inspiring and effective delivery of the finest Scouting possible through backcountry adventures and Training Center experiences. Philmont receives many donations from all over the country from those who have had the opportunity to experience Scouting Paradise in God’s Country and wants to share that opportunity with others.

Please complete the application below to be considered for one of the many scholarships available to our participants. There are several financial need-based scholarships available from Philmont, and others may be offered by your local council or elsewhere. Scholarship funding is limited so please apply quickly.

Please note that program deposits must be paid before scholarships will be considered.

12-Day, 9-Day and 7-Day Expeditions

Philmont offers the Waite Phillips Scholarship to help make it possible for a youth member to participate who might not otherwise be able to experience Philmont. Application forms will be sent to the Reservation Contact for each crew before final payments are due in the spring. The application is filled out by an Advisor for a maximum of one youth member per crew; if granted, awards typically cover a portion of the total program fee. 

Philmont Training Center

A small scholarship fund has been established to ensure that volunteers, professionals and NAYLE participants have an opportunity to participate in a summer or fall Philmont Training Center experience. (Scholarships cannot be used for DO-2 courses held at the PTC.)

Philmont Staff Association Aid

The Philmont Staff Association has provided scholarships since its founding in 1973. Over the years we have expanded our scholarship reach to assist with individual treks, seasonal staff scholastic expenses, and PTC youth scholarships. If you meet the requirements for any of the scholarships below, we highly encourage you to apply today! Please refer to our FAQS for helpful tips. If you have any questions about which form to use, please contact

Individual Treks

Trek Scholarships, administered by the Philmont Staff Association, are annually awarded for summer individual youth opportunities that includes OA Trail Crew, Ranch Hands, Rayado, ROCS, STEM, and Trail Crew Trek.

Seasonal Staff Scholarships

Each year the Philmont Staff Association awards $1,000 scholarships for Seasonal Staff that help them financially with their continued education and certifications.

PTC Youth Scholarships

By a generous donation of a Philmont Staff Association patron, the Philmont Training Center will be issuing a limited number of $100 scholarships for youth ages 5-10 years to participate in a Philmont Training Center youth program for their first time. Scholarship funds may be used for youth participating in Philmont Family Program or Philmont Family Adventure conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch only.