“Be good for yourself.” –Scott Menke

Scott Menke was a treasured and inspiring young member of our community whose life was too brief. Scott was considerate of others, loved and respected his family, was a talented and enthusiastic athlete, a natural peer leader, and a vibrant young man with a robust love of life. Scott’s unbridled enthusiasm, natural leadership, and love for fun and learning inspired all who knew him. Scott avidly participated in Denali Discovery Camp and encouraged the creation of Denali Backcountry Adventures for high school students.

Camp Scholarships

The scholarship application period opens after the first of the year with applications and letters of reference due in early to mid-April. Updated information on all scholarships will be available after the new year.

Each summer, full and partial-tuition scholarships are available for Denali Discovery Camps, Talkeetna Discovery Camps, and Denali Backcountry Adventures. For more information about eligibility and scholarship requirements, call us at 907-683-2597, or email Youth Program Manager, Shannon Conway, at youth@denali.org
To apply, fill out a Camp Scholarship Form.

Scott Menke Summit Scholarship

The Scott Menke Summit Scholarship is awarded annually to Denali Borough graduating seniors seeking post-secondary education. Scholarships are decided based on character, peer review, and academic standing.

The Scott Menke Memorial Fund was created to honor Scott’s memory and encourage these qualities in others. Fundraising efforts benefit all of Denali Education Center’s youth programs and are channeled toward direct costs such as gear replacement, food, supplies, campground fees, and scholarship awards. The fund benefits local students and embodies the incomparable spirit Scott shared with us.

2024 Scott Menke Summit Scholarship applications are due on April 8th, 2024. Click the buttons below to access application forms and guidelines.


Besides scholarships, the Scott Menke Memorial Fund helps defray the costs of camp by purchasing food and equipment, and covering transportation costs into Denali National Park.

Contribute online! Donations to the Scott Menke Memorial Fund benefit all our youth programs! Remember to indicate that your gift is for the “Scott Menke Memorial Fund.”

Thank you for investing in the next generation of park stewards!