Courageous Kids Scholarship
History of Courageous Kids Climbing
Courageous Kids Climbing was organized in Valley County, Idaho, in March of 2014. Larry Morten, owner of the Cascade Climbing Gym, and Jeff Riechmann, a rock-climbing enthusiast, gave birth to the concept while discussing ways in which climbers could give back to the community. Their concept was simple: provide an opportunity for children with special needs to learn how to rock climb and organize the events so that there would be no charge to the children or their families.
Jeff is a retired firefighter from California who lost his hearing due to his position with the fire department. This personal experience fuels his commitment to supporting and recognizing the accomplishments of students with learning challenges.
The Donor: Jeff Riechmann
The purpose of the Courageous Kids Scholarship is to recognize Courageous Kids Climbing’s association with the University of Idaho and provide annual scholarship support to deserving University of Idaho students with learning differences and needs who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
Scholarships awards will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester and funds will be dispersed for the FA24-SP25 school year. The award amount is up to $1,000
5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024. Email your completed application to CDAR@uidaho.edu or drop off at Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR), Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127.
Applicants must meet ALL following criteria to be considered:
1. Be a student with learning differences who is enrolled full-time or part-time in any degree program offered by the University of Idaho.
2. Participate in the University of Idaho Academic Support Programs and/or Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) services.
3. Students demonstrating successful academic achievement in a traditional college environment while overcoming challenges to learning shall be of primary consideration.
4. Submit documentation to verify learning challenges with application.
5. Fully complete the application.
6. Turn in your application packet before 5 p.m. on April 12, 2024.
a. Deliver to CDAR@uidaho.edu or drop off at the Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR), Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127. Applications received after the deadline may be considered for the award if funding is still available.
b. Students whose applications have been turned in on time, but are incomplete, will be notified and offered the opportunity to complete them.