To apply, please submit a one page (max) letter introducing both yourself and your idea for paying forward what you will learn in your Level 1 course. Focus more on establishing a timeline for something rather than an outline of material you don’t yet know. For example, you might say that by January 4, 2013 you will have taught two (2) awareness classes to 45 participants at two locations (The Sled Shed, Puyallup, WA, Lifetstyles Motorsports, Mount Vernon, WA). You might also list resources that you will need in order to carry out your plan. Beacons, a power point projector, cow bells, whatever. We want to work with you on this and will do our best to get you what you need, so don’t let a lack of resources get in the way of a good idea. The selection committee is less interested in the content of a plan at this stage than it is with the combination of excitement you bring to the table and willingness to carry out what you propose.
Anybody and everybody is eligible. No prior avalanche safety awareness is required. Applicants should most of all express a passion for snow.
Where to submit application:
Please email your application as an attachment to: email@example.com
Applications are being accepted immediately. The selection committee will begin awarding Yuki Awards in early December, 2011.
Notice Of Award
Once selected, award recipients will receive further information regarding registration and scheduling of their AIARE Level 1 course. The course providers have offered a wide range of dates and locations, with some course beginning in early December. Some restrictions do apply. Award recipients must also join the American Avalanche Association (AAA). The scholarship will pay the first year's dues.
Upon completion of the course it will be the recipient’s responsibility to carry out his or her project. All projects must adhere to guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association (see suggested links below). In some instances, the selection committee might wish to assign an experienced mentor to a particular project. Not to direct or guide the project, but rather to offer assistance when/if needed and to monitor the effectiveness of the program. An applicant may also ask for a mentor, in which case the selection committee will do its best to find someone suitable.
Award recipients will also receive a Feedback Sheet to distribute at their events. This sheet will serve as quality control and as a reference point to judge program effectiveness. Feedback sheets will be collected by the venue hosts, whom will be supplied with a postage paid envelope by the presenter. These feedback sheets will be sent to the selection committee in order to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program. In years to come we hope to have established programs in which to insert Yuki Award winners. You all are pioneers. Thank you.
Our Program Donors
The following organizations have donated one AIARE Level 1 course each for the scholarship recipients for the 2011/2012 snow season. Please support them as they are supporting you!
The American Avalanche Association
An example of the one curriculum and an avalanche awareness presentation can be seen here:
The Utah Avalanche Center
Donations and Contact
The Monika Johnson Avalanche Education Scholarship is under the umbrella of the Alpine Safety Awareness Program (ASAP), a 501(c)3 non-profit. As such, any donations to the MJAES are tax deductible. Donations to the MJAES Yuki Award can be now be made with check or credit.
For checks, please make payment to "MJAES" and mail donations to:
c/o Stephanie Brown
2630 NW College Way, #4
Bend, OR 97701
For credit, please use paypal. Access the account at this link:
For further information or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org