2023-2024 James "JB" Brown Memorial Scholarship

Event Date: 
10/01/2023 to 11/03/2023

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.




The deadline for the James "JB" Brown Memorial Scholarship program for the 2023 - 2024 season has passed. 

Please check back in Fall 2024 for information about the 2024-2025 season.


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.

The application period will open on October 1st, 2023. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is November 3, 2023. Decisions are announced at the 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.

If you have any additional questions please email scholarships@sierraavalanchecenter.org