Scholarships

The Philmont Staff Association has provided scholarships since its founding in 1973. From the beginning, the PSA raised funds to provide scholarship for Rayado trek participants, but over the years we’ve expanded to include other individual treks and staff scholastic scholarships. Named scholarships honor and remember staff. In 2015, we gave a combined $9,600 to Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew Trek, OA Trail Crew, and STEM Trek participants. Many of those recipients will become Philmont staff in coming years.

Named trek-based scholarships

  • Chuck Morales Scholarship
  • Dave Terrey Scholarship
  • Joe Davis Scholarship
  • John Sanders Memorial Scholarship
  • John Vogt Memorial Scholarship
  • Kelly Reese Scholarship
  • Nick Pisor Memorial Scholarship
  • Philmont Service Scholarship
  • Stillwell Scholarship
  • The H & D Jung Scholarship
  • The Paisley Scholarship
  • The Schroeder Family Scholarship

Named collegiate scholarships

We began awarding scholarships for college expenses to seasonal staff in 2005. As of the end of 2015, we’ve presented $277,000 to nearly 300 college-bound returning staff to assist with the cost of their education. Initially, funds for this program were raised with the silent auction and individual donations, but more recently our Campaign4Philmont capital campaign boosted the funds available with a $500,000 drive. As a result, several endowed scholarships were created.

The Coralie Graham Endowed Scholarship

Begun in May 2017 by Coralie’s family and friends, after Coralie’s untimely death in a canyoneering accident. Coralie was adventurous, loved the outdoors, and spent 10 seasons over the course of 6 years working at Philmont Scout Ranch. Coralie worked at the Philmont Training Center and was particularly fond of working with the young children and making their experience at Philmont memorable. She was especially known for outfits that pushed the envelope of the rules but delighted the young children.

This scholarship is intended for a staffer at the Philmont Training Center.

The Dr. Marshall E Hollis Scholarship

Started in 2016 from a donation to our scholarship endowment from Dr. Marshall Hollis. Dr. Hollis has been a volunteer and Pharmacy consultant to Philmont Scout Ranch and the Infirmary for the past 15 years.

This scholarship is intended for a staffer who works in the Philmont Infirmary.

The Tooley Family Scholarship

Begun in 2018 by Dean Tooley to honor his wife Bonnie who passed away in May 2018. Dean & Bonnie Tooley moved to Philmont Scout Ranch in 1978 and both lived and worked at Philmont Scout Ranch until Dean’s retirement in 1997. Dean was the Associate Director of Program, Personnel Hiring Manager and Bonnie worked as an English Teacher and Librarian for 20+ years. Bonnie worked several summers at Philmont as a Museum Clerk and Mailroom clerk and was very passionate about staffers furthering their college education.

This scholarship is for any eligible Philmont staff member.

The Ned & Diane Miller Scholarship

Started in 2016 by Diane when Ned passed away. Ned Miller worked at Ponil in the early 1960’s before going into the US Air Force and serving during the Vietnam War. Diane endowed a scholarship in Ned’s honor and memory to help other staff with college tuition.

This scholarship is intended for any eligible Philmont staff member.

Jim and Judy Delaney Scholarship

Jim and Judy Delaney were the loving parents of three children, two of which were long time Philmont staff members. They provided love and support for their children to work at Philmont. Through this gift, their family wishes to evoke their parent’s spirit of giving, while promoting the growth of both the staff member and Philmont.

This scholarship is for any eligible Philmont staff member.

Donations to any of our scholarship funds are always welcome.

For more information, contact the PSA office at (575) 376-1138.

Lyle Potts Scholarship

Lyle (née Fowler) Potts was a registered nurse in San Antonio after growing up on a farm as part of a large family on a cotton farm in East Texas. She left the farm at the age of 15 and moved to San Antonio to study nursing at the Physicians and Surgeons hospital there. She was an adventurous woman and traveled widely—in spite of her humble situation. She was at the grand opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Her second husband was Earl Potts of Indiana who was a pilot with Eastern Airlines. Earl won his wings at Brooks Field in San Antonio with classmate Charles Lindbergh. After her second husband’s death she returned to San Antonio until she passed at the age of 96.

This scholarship is for any eligible Philmont staff member.

The Toney Family Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed by Denice & Scott Toney, who both worked at Philmont Scout Ranch in the 1990’s.

This scholarship is intended for a Backcountry staff member.

Express UU Bar Scholarship

Created and financially supported by Robert A. Funk, Philmont friend and owner of the Express UU Bar Ranch, together with others, this scholarship is awarded annually.

Preference is given to Philmont staff working in horse, cattle, and hunting operations.

Russell Smart Scholarship

Russell Smart has been a Scouting volunteer since 1988 and has served in many roles on a local, regional, and national level. Among his favorite Scouting experiences is the 100 days he spent in the summer of 2008 working at Philmont Scout Ranch as a Commissary Truck Driver. He is a Life Member of the PSA and is passionate about the PSA Scholarship fund.

This scholarship is for seasonal staff who work for STEM or CONS positions.

Park Foundation Scholarship

Park Foundation in Lee Summit, MO started as a result of the C4P (Campaign 4 Philmont) set up by Bruce Davis, a former Ranch Committee member. He has since passed away from cancer and one of his wishes was to endow a scholarship for Philmont Staff in perpetuity through the Park Foundation.

This scholarship is for any eligible Philmont staff member.