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Wilderness First Aid Grant


The OGSS sponsors a reimbursement grant for graduate students to participate in wilderness first aid training. To qualify, a student’s travel must support academic goals that require remote or rural travel in developed or developing countries where access to quality, emergency medical services is limited.

Award recipients may attend a training in any location, but reimbursement is capped at $500, which may not cover all costs associated with attendance in other areas. Many local training options exist - see course options and schedules for National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) as well as Wilderness Medical Associates.  


Applicants must be a current, full-time graduate student at Northwestern University whose travel is defined as university-sponsored or supported. Travel must be planned or booked within ten months of participating in the wilderness first aid course.

Applicants must submit an essay (500 words or less) and a letter of recommendation. Awardees must register their travel with the OGSS and complete all other applicable pre-departure requirements. Failure to do so will result in a request to return award funds.     


University funds cannot be used for the following activities as they are excluded from GeoBlue coverage: skydiving, mountaineering (where ropes and climbing equipment are customarily used), ultra-light aircraft, parasailing, sailplaning/gliders, hang gliding, parachuting, or bungee jumping.


Go to the WFA application and follow the instructions and submit all materials to Application review will begin during fall quarter.