2022-2023 James "JB" Brown Memorial Scholarship

Event Date: 
10/01/2022 to 11/06/2022

James "JB" Brown Memorial Scholarship


The Sierra Avalanche Center is naming our scholarship program after James "JB" Brown who passed away in the spring of 2022. JB was the president of the Sierra Avalanche Center Board, a longtime Board member and instrumental in starting our scholarship program. JB will be remembered not only for his incomparable backcountry skill, and grand ideas, but for his sarcastic wit, warmth and companionship. JB’s caring spirit and generous heart were felt by everyone he met.


As part of our mission to educate the public and to create a better backcountry community, the Sierra Avalanche Center is offering scholarships for avalanche education this season.  This program is designed to help create a more well-educated community by providing scholarships towards American Avalanche Association approved Level 1, Level 2, Rescue, and Pro courses.

To apply for one of these scholarships please fill out this online application. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is November 6, 2022. Decisions announced end of November.

An ideal candidate is a person who lives, recreates or performs snow oriented work in the SAC forecast area. Candidates should already be skiing or snowboarding, mountaineering or traveling on snow and not someone looking to begin a new sport. Recipients are required to provide photos and a summary to SAC after their course.

Past scholarship recipients have been skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, scientists, recreational backcountry users, newer (but not brand-new) to the sport as well as backcountry users with decades of experience but never taken an avalanche course, professional guides, professional ski patrollers, ski/snowboard coaches, volunteer patrollers, professional skiers, youth, non-youths, men, and women.

For more information please email scholarships@sierraavalanchecenter.org