Kid for the Wild Scholarship

In Celebration of the Life of Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

The Kid for the Wild Scholarship is a tribute to the memory and vision of Walkin’ Jim Stoltz and his "kid for the wild" spirit.  Jim was a singer songwriter, poet, photographer, painter and long distance hiker from Big Sky and Helena, Montana . Jim hiked over 28,000 miles through the wilderness of North America – a true mountain man who experienced the wonder and wisdom of natural world with the heart of a child.  Jim performed at many schools throughout the United States for children of all ages; 2 to 92!   


Forever Wild! 

Walkin’ Jim Stoltz 1953 - 2010

The goal of this scholarship is to provide an opporunity for youth to experience the outdoors in ways that may change their lives.  The scholarship supports opportunities that open minds, build self-confidence, develop understanding, appreciation and further stewardship for the natural world.


Up to $800 is awarded annually to two young people, ages 12-18 who best demonstrate their desire and need to pursue experiences that encourage their connections with the natural world. Scholarships will be awarded for experiences that emphasize nature exploration, environmental science, wilderness adventures, and leadership in the outdoors. These experiences can camps, trips, and travel.

Look at descriptions of the Scholarship winners from 2012 through 2017. Read about their Kid for the Wild adventures and imagine your own outdoor experience.

 To be considered, submit the scholarship application by February 15, 2018. 

Kid for the Wild Scholarship Detail

  • Two scholarship recipients will be chosen per year. Each will receive up to $750 to help support an adventurous and educational experience in the outdoors.

  • Application submissions must be received by February 15, 2018.

  • Award recipients will be contacted and announced on March 30, 2018.
  • The scholarship must be used during the year which it is awarded.

  • Scholarship recipients are asked to make one public presentation about their experience (to their school, church, local library, etc.) following their return.

  • Scholarships are awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate both a commitment to and interest in the natural world, and who can articulate why this scholarship will make a difference in their lives.

  • We also want to encourage proposals for any outdoor adventures an applicant has dreamed of endeavoring in their lives. 

Camp Examples and Programs:
Alpengirls, A travelling camp experience for girls 11-17, Bozeman, Montana, 

Glacier Institute offers a variety youth opportunities throughout each summer.  Explore and adventure in the Crown of the Continent,

NwConnectons was initiated and is staffed by local community members. As an organization they believe that local knowledge adds depth and breadth to our scientific and educational work.

They are attempting to pioneer a 'new' way of looking at ecosystems: one that recognizes and appreciates the variability in nature and therefore the importance of information which is site specific and which is collected over an ample period of time.

These are just a few examples.  We encourage you to imagine your own "Wilderness Time"


Apply Here!

click here if you are the Applicant

click here if you are the Reference for an Applicant

Note: Application forms are Microsoft Word .doc files.
If you have trouble opening the forms please email


 ***** note changes on the application below:

Deadline date to apply is Feb 15 of each year.  We will choose the reipients by March 30.  

Send completed application packet to:

Kid for the Wild Scholarship

c/o Leslie Stoltz

PO Box 160477

Big Sky, MT 59716

any questions, contact Leslie at





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