About GGSF

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Our Mission:  Helping Ouray County youth explore the out of doors to foster personal growth and a compassionate world view.

Our Vision: Inspiring Confidence, Courage and Compassion

The George Gardner Scholarship Fund (GGSF) provides financial assistance to Ouray County, Colorado youth who wish to pursue outdoor or experiential educational opportunities for personal and interpersonal growth.

The GGSF is an non-profit organization that aspires to carry on George’s vision and educational philosophies. 

GGSF emphasizes and supports experiential learning opportunities outside of traditional educational settings for teens motivated to explore outdoor educational programs.  We believe that profound learning is often facilitated by time spent in the mountains, deserts, rivers and oceans of the world.  These experiences provide an arena for leadership development and other lifelong skills.


The George Gardner Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Ouray County Youth, ages 14-19, to encourage and facilitate outdoor learning experiences. Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate both (1) financial need and (2) an opportunity for personal and interpersonal growth as a result of the experience.


  • 1-Day Big Wall Training Program with a rock climbing guide from Peak Mountain Guides
  • Self supported multi-day backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail
  • Road Less Traveled service-learning trip to Costa Rica
  • National Outdoor Leadership School Expedition
  • 3-day Level 1 Avalanche Course
  • Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder courses
  • Ridgway High School Senior Outward Bound River Trip. GGSF supports students in need to attend this five day Outward Bound river trip through Cataract Canyon.
  • Ridgway School Learn To Ski Program. GGSF helps defray the cost of lessons, transportation and equipment rental so every child may participate.
  • Ridgway School Learn To Ice Climb Program. GGSF developed this unique outdoor adventure program for 9th graders and provides financial support to enable every student to attend.
  • Ouray High School Outdoor Education Program. GGSF supports Ouray High School Outdoor Education programs.
  • Any many other self designed adventures and service projects. . .

To learn more about these youth and their stories visit our Blog.

To learn more about our scholarships and apply, go to our Scholarship Application page