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, Staff Scholastic Scholarships, and PTC Youth 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.

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.

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

All of our named scholarship listed here are endowed and will be awarded in perpetuity.

The Philmont Staff Association began awarding scholarships for college expenses to Seasonal Staff in 2005. As of the end of 2019, $535,000 has been presented to 554 college-bound staff to assist with the cost of their education, with awarding $65,000 in 2019 alone. Please consider a gift to our scholarship funds.

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.

Charles “Chuck” DuBois

The purpose of this memoriam is to honor Chuck’s memory, his love of Philmont, and his service to Scouting through the Order of the Arrow. Chuck was very active in Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. He was an Eagle Scout, Life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Vigil member of the OA (1996), Chief of Amangemak-Wipit Lodge (1998-99) and recognized with the National OA Founders Award (1999). For more than a dozen years he was an instructor at the Eswau Hoppeday OA Lodge’s annual Carolinas Indian Seminar, where he was held in high esteem for teaching old style dancing and making old style dance bustles and outfits. Chuck DuBois’ friends described him as an “outdoorsy guy”. And he was that, preferring to be outside over a desk job. He loved to fish and backpack. Chuck was an OATC foreman at Philmont in 2002, where he acquired a passion for chopping, sawing, picking, digging and working with his hands. He spent most of that summer leading six OA crews completing the Black Horse Canyon trail between Baldy and Miranda.

This scholarship is for seasonal staff who work in the Conservation Department or for an OATC staff member, if applicable.