Amy Downing Scholarship Fund


Our Mission: Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (F-CNFAIC) is dedicated to enhancing avalanche awareness in Southcentral Alaska through information, outreach and partnerships.

F-CNFAIC • PO Box 242482 • Anchorage, AK 99524-2482
A 501(c)(3) Non profit organization since 2003 • Federal Tax ID: 68-0578518

Born and raised in Anchorage, Amy was a regular in the Anchorage outdoor community. She lived for adventure and companionship in the backcountry. Amy continually pushed herself to try new things and develop her outdoor skills. She thrived on the feeling of empowerment that wilderness experiences gave her, and was always looking to share those feelings and experiences with others. A gifted connector, she had a natural ability to bring people together, usually outside. Amy’s enthusiasm for skiing and adventure is dearly missed.

This scholarship offers women the opportunity to gain the skills and equipment necessary to have their own adventures in the backcountry and the chance to experience the same feelings of empowerment and joy that drew Amy to the wilderness.

The Amy Downing Scholarship Fund was established by Charlie’s Produce, with generous support from Tote Maritime. 2017/18 recipients will each receive a beacon, shovel and probe donated by Deuter/Ortovox.

Donations can be made into the Amy Downing Scholarship Fund here for members and here for sponsors. Specify the amount you’d like to donate next to “Downing Avalanche Scholarship Fund” on the right side of the screen.



Downing Avalanche Scholarship Fund
Aliza S Andy DCharlie And Courtni Billow Ray& Marilee Bowen Mick Bradway
Keith Brewe Nick Brewe Carly Byrne Ben and Rachel Crawford
Kathy & Tom Downing Tuck Hayes Carolyn Seramur John & Gail Travers
Gary and Lark Young Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking Oliver Evans Charlie's Produce
The Hoarding Marmot TOTE Maritime

If you would like to apply for this scholarship, please read and follow the steps below.

Amy Downing Scholarship Fund Application process:

  1. 3-5 scholarships will be available each season to women seeking an Avy 1, Avy 2 or beginner snowmachine-specific course. A beacon, shovel and probe are included with the scholarship award.
  2. Scholarships must be used within one year of being awarded.
  3. Local offerings include courses through Alaska Avalanche School and If you wish to take another instate or out-of-state course, please specify in your application. Eligible courses must conform to national standards.
  4. Potential recipients must write a request, no more than two pages, to the F-CNFAIC scholarship committee that includes:
    • A brief candidate resume/bio
    • Course name and dates
    • An explanation of why the applicant feels she should be awarded the scholarship

The deadline for applications is December 1. Requests will be reviewed and awarded by the end of the calendar year. To apply, email your request to or submit by mail to:

PO Box 242482
Anchorage, AK 99524-2482

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