Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship 1991-2019

In 1991 Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers decided to honor two of its founding members, Joe McKenna and J.B. Scott, by establishing a scholarship in their names. The scholarship was awarded annually to a full-time student either already attending or about to enter college, who demonstrated a career interest in the outdoors. 

By 2019 the board felt that the scholarship had become more burdensome than useful, and reluctantly decided to close it down.

Scholarship Recipients 1992 – 2009

  • 1992 – Julie Huff, $500, Buena Vista, CO
  • 1993 – Colin Bain, $1000, Lakewood, CO
  • 1994 – Colin Bain, $100, Lakewood, CO, Rebecca Lofton, $500, Montrose, CO, and Erica Lewis, $500, Telluride, CO
  • 1995 – Bonnie Allen, $1000, Midlothian, TX
  • 1996 – Steven Bromby, $250, Denver, CO
  • 1997 – Steven Bromby, $250, Denver, CO and Gwendolyn Wray, $750 
  • 1998 – Steven Bromby, $1000, Denver, CO
  • 1999 – Craig Springer, $500, NM
  • 2000 – Erin Lynn Gee, $500, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2001 – Bryant J. Kuechle, $1000
  • 2002 – Nancy Cook, 2002, $1000
  • 2003
  • 2004 – Frank Hamrick, $500, Athens, GA and Shane Brown, $1000, Leonard, OK
  • 2005 – Jessica Wolf, $1000, Nipoma, CA
  • 2006 – Shanna Boyett, $1000, Stillwater, OK
  • 2007 – Julie Sackman, Stillwater, OK
  • 2008 – Kelli Edwards, $1000, Bryan, TX, Kasey Muth, $500, Lubbock, TX and Hunter Nichols, $500, Birmingham, AL
  • 2009 – Lauren A. Swisher, $1500, Henrico, VA

Scholarship Recipients 2010 – 2019

2014 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

The winner of this year’s Scott-McKenna scholarship is Sarah Kinney of Shelburne, New Hampshire, a journalism major at Simmons College in Boston. Sarah has been interning at the Berlin Daily Sun, a New Hampshire newspaper, often covering outdoor subjects, and this fall she will be editor-in-chief of the Simmons College campus newspaper. (more…)

2013 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Awarded

Catlin Carrico of Swanton, Maryland, was selected for the 2013 Scott-McKenna Scholarship award, according to scholarship chair Mike Hammond. Hammond said she was chosen from among numerous highly-qualified candidates based not only on the merit of her application but what those she listed as personal references had to say about her. Catlin graduated from West Virginia University majoring in agriculture education and is now working on her master’s degree at the same school. She holds a 3.56 GPA and also held a job at a local business and has done volunteer work. Hammond said that Catlin has a bond with the outdoors through her upbringing and way of life in the Swanton, Maryland area, and when she completes her education she plans to teach at the high school level. (more…)

2012 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Monica Craig, the St. Petersburg, Florida student who is the recipient of RMOWP’s 2012 scholarship of $2,000. Scholarship chairman Mike Hammond said that Ms. Craig is receiving the award because of her love and devotion to the great outdoors as well as her writing and photography skills.


2011 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Awarded

Hannah Misner
Hannah Misner

This year’s Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship was awarded to 18-year old Pennsylvania student Hannah Misner. A freshman at Penn State Mont Alto, Ms. Misner is majoring in animal sciences. She recently graduated from Shalom Christian Academy, where she studied photography and won a number of awards for her wildlife photography.


2010 Scott-Mckenna Scholarship Awarded

A North Carolina college student has been named this year’s winner of the $1,500 Scott-McKenna Scholarship, according to RMOWP Scholarship Chairman Mike Hammond.

Tyler West, 2010 RMOWP scholarship winner
Tyler West, 2010 RMOWP scholarship winner

Winner Christopher “Tyler” West is a resident of Topton, North Carolina, and attends Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, where he has a declared major of broadcast journalism and a minor in international studies. For the scholarship competition Tyler submitted a video on Glacier National Park, along with still images he has taken at different locations throughout the U.S., Hammond said. He also submitted his website,, that contains numerous other works. (more…)