Liz Daley Scholarship

"Guide Like Liz" – In Memory of Our Friend and Colleague

Liz Daley

Liz Daley in Chamonix. Courtesy

Our 2019 Guide Like Liz Scholarship recipients have been selected.

Hearty congratulations to:

  • Amanda Harley
  • Ariana Moghaddam
  • Ellie Price
  • Rebecca Ross
  • Jillian Strobel
  • Brooke Warren

We are NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2020 season.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage women who possess an affinity for the mountains and mountain culture to be able to pursue their dreams and passions and explore guiding as a career. 

Currently the guiding career path has a small percentage of women despite the fact that the women in these roles are among the best in the business.  We hope that providing this incentive will allow the future Liz Daley’s of the world to take the first step toward a potential long and rewarding career.


This scholarship program was inspired and designed to honor the guiding career of Liz Daley, whose life was taken far too early in an avalanche in Patagonia on September 29, 2014.  Liz was the consummate mountain guide: professional, thorough, patient and instructive.  Her passion for the mountains was infectious, and her enthusiasm for the life she chose revealed itself every day in her smile.  Her self-reliance and work ethic were exemplary, and her sense of humor took the edge off tense situations. She was unique in every way.

She honed her skills in splitboarding, rock and alpine climbing in the North Cascades, Alps, Andes, and Alaska.  Her humility belied the fact that she was a pioneer in the splitboarding world. She was a sponsored athlete, but she never flaunted it.  She just shared her stoke, and you just wanted to be part of it.

The Liz Daley Scholarship

One or more scholarships that range from $500 to $2500 will be provided annually to help more women enter the profession of alpine guiding.  The funds can be applied to any of the following courses at American Alpine Institute where Liz taught and guided. Potential recipients will be asked to submit a resume and letter expressing why they would make a great mountain guide.

Qualifying Programs



To apply for the Scholarship, please fill out the online form here. All applications received between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 will be considered for the 2020 Scholarship! 

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