Calling all wilderness enthusiasts!

Scholarship awards are available for our 2024 Eagle Cap Wilderness project!

Wilderness Volunteers is seeking people to join our 2024 Eagle Cap Wilderness project! Scholarships are awarded on a self-declared financial needs basis. 

Thanks to grant funding from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, all project expenses (i.e. project fee) will be covered and a travel stipend of up to $350 is available for each scholarship recipient.

When? July 28th – August 3rd, 2024

Where? Eagle Cap Wilderness (Imnaha Forks, OR)

What? A week-long backcountry volunteer project. We will spend the week completing a wide variety of trail maintenance projects. This is a backpacking project with pack support. Learn more about this project here: Eagle Cap Wilderness

Why? Have an adventure! Meet new people! Learn outdoor skills! This project may also qualify for college internship requirements.


Victor Nathan Siwa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Victor Nathan Siwa

The Victor Nathan Siwa Memorial Scholarship helps young men and women get into the wilderness and give something back to our nation’s public lands in memory of Victor Nathan Siwa.

From a young age, Victor Nathan ‘Nate’ Siwa was a lover of the outdoors and was always willing to help others. His late father, Vic Siwa, spent a lot of time with his children on outdoor excursions including camping, fishing, & hunting. With this upbringing, Nate came to love and appreciate the outdoors. He taught others and found joy in showing them how to fish, hunt and connect with the environment through outdoor excursions with him.

Nate had always planned to join a project that helped the environment, a project that fueled his passion to include others and help others to learn about the environment. The Wilderness Volunteers Victor Nathan Siwa Memorial Scholarship Fund is Nate’s family’s way of honoring his love for the environment and helping others.

To Apply

If you would like to apply for the scholarship please write a short email/letter letting us know how the project would be meaningful to you and send it in to the office ( Make sure to include your name, contact details, and the specific project(s) you are interested in. Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone/email.

To Donate

If you would like to donate to the scholarship please write “In memory of Victor Nathan Siwa” in the comments field when making a donation. Your donation will go towards the Scholarship Fund and be used to decrease project fee costs for eligible young men and women.

The Fine Print

Please note the following: Scholarship funds are limited and will be awarded to qualified applicants (Wilderness Volunteers reserves the right to review your application to ensure that the trip is appropriate for your level of fitness and experience) on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to our cancellation policy scholarship awardees who cancel from a project will not receive a refund of their $100 portion of the project fee. Scholarship awardees may switch to another project that has available space without penalty as long as their registered project is more than 3 weeks away by notifying the Wilderness Volunteers Office.

Donate to the Nate Siwa Scholarship Fund

Use the form below to make your donation. Thank you for your support!


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