Steve Austin Training Scholarship

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is actively seeking applications for the new Steve Austin Training Scholarship. The Austin Training Scholarship is open to new or experienced VOC leaders who are interested in enhancing their leadership and stewardship skills through VOC’s premier Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI). The scholarship provides up to $160 in waived fees to each award recipient and may be applied toward any OSI training fee(s). The 2017 recipients will be announced in April 2017, with the award valid for two years upon receipt.

The Steve Austin Training Scholarship is in celebration of Steve Austin, who has made extraordinary community service contributions in caring for Colorado’s outdoor natural resources.

The scholarship is named in honor of Steve Austin, one of VOC’s most skilled, longest tenured, and committed volunteer leaders, who to this day still teaches and shares his vast knowledge of outdoor stewardship with hundreds of fellow volunteers. Having reached an unprecedented accomplishment of serving on more than 315 (and counting!) VOC projects, Steve is a well-loved and highly admired leader. He has earned several prestigious awards, including the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals who have volunteered and served Colorado and its communities. In 2015, Steve was honored with a proclamation from the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, forever declaring November 7, 2015, “Steve Austin Day”. Austin Training Scholars will carry on Steve’s legacy, ensuring that Colorado’s outdoors are protected and sustained for generations to come.   

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • A passion for the outdoors and its long-term stewardship
  • Experience as a volunteer with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado or other outdoor volunteer organization or public land agency
  • Strong interest and commitment to developing leadership and technical outdoor stewardship skills
  • Commitment to long-term leadership in the stewardship movement, and willingness to serve for three years within VOC’s volunteer leadership ranks

Interested applicants can apply here. Upon completion, the application can be submitted online, or by mail to Dan Williams, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 600 S Marion Parkway, Denver, CO  80209. Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 31, 2017; up to three winners will be announced in early April.

To learn more about OSI and to view upcoming trainings, please visit
or contact Dan Williams at or 303-715-1010, ext. 117.