Kid For The Wild Scholarship

In Celebration of the Life of Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

The Kid for the Wild Scholarship is a tribute to the memory and vision of Walkin’ Jim Stoltz and his “kid for the wild” spirit.  Jim was a singer songwriter, poet, photographer, painter and long distance hiker from Big Sky and Helena, Montana . Jim hiked over 28,000 miles through the wilderness of North America – a true mountain man who experienced the wonder and wisdom of natural world with the heart of a child.  Jim performed at many schools throughout the United States for children of all ages; 2 to 92!


Forever Wild!
Walkin’ Jim Stoltz 1953 – 2010

The goal of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience the outdoors in ways that may change their lives.  The scholarship supports opportunities that open minds, build self-confidence, develop understanding, appreciation and further stewardship for the natural world.

Up to $800 is awarded annually to two young people, ages 12-18 who best demonstrate their desire and need to pursue experiences that encourage their connections with the natural world. Scholarships will be awarded for experiences that emphasize nature exploration, environmental science, wilderness adventures, and leadership in the outdoors. These experiences can camps, trips, and travel.

Look at descriptions of the Scholarship winners from 2012 through 2022. Read about their Kid for the Wild adventures and imagine your own outdoor experience.

To be considered, submit the scholarship application by March 30, 2023.

Kid for the Wild Scholarship Detail

  • Two scholarship recipients will be chosen per year. Each will receive up to $800 to help support an adventurous and educational experience in the outdoors.
  • Award recipients will be contacted and announced on May 1, 2023
  • The scholarship must be used during the year which it is awarded.
  • Scholarship recipients are asked to make one public presentation about their experience (to their school, church, local library, etc.) following their return.
  • Scholarships are awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate both a commitment to and interest in the natural world, and who can articulate why this scholarship will make a difference in their lives.
  • We also want to encourage proposals for any outdoor adventures an applicant has dreamed of endeavoring in their lives.
  • The Kid For The Wild Scholarship is a Wild Wind Foundation program hosted under the 501(c)3 Non-Profit M.U.S.E. Organization. 100% of all tax deductible donations (checks made out to “KID FOR THE WILD Scholarship Fund”) are used to fund this project.

Camp Examples and Programs:

Alpengirls, A travelling camp experience for girls 11-17, Bozeman, Montana, 

Swan Valley Connections was initiated and is staffed by local community members. As an organization they believe that local knowledge adds depth and breadth to our scientific and educational work.

They are attempting to pioneer a ‘new’ way of looking at ecosystems: one that recognizes and appreciates the variability in nature and therefore the importance of information which is site specific and which is collected over an ample period of time.

These are just a few examples.  We encourage you to imagine your own “Wilderness Time”

Apply Here!  Download the documents to Apply.

click here…if you are the Applicant

click here…if you are the Reference for an Applicant

note: Application forms are PDF files.

Deadline date to apply is March 30 2023.  We will choose the recipients by April 30 2023.

You can send a pdf or word doc of the completed application and recommendations to
Send completed application packet to: 


Snail mail to:

Kid for the Wild Scholarship
c/o Leslie Stoltz
PO Box 866
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

Any questions, please contact Leslie at