Financial Aid

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in our programs, no matter their financial situation. We strive to keep our programs affordable, but recognize that some may need additional support to access our programs. Our scholarships are based solely on financial need and only complete applications will be considered.

Applying for a scholarship or receiving a scholarship in the past does not guarantee that additional scholarships will be awarded. We strongly encourage participants to pay as much as they are able so that scholarships can be available to others throughout the year.

You will be informed of your application status after the scholarship deadlines and prior to your first lesson or program. You are welcome to apply for a scholarship and financial aid after the deadline, however preference will be give to those who apply by the deadlines.


Winter Scholarship and Financial Aid Application Deadline:
December 20th, 2021
Summer Scholarship and Financial Aid Application Deadline:
June 15th, 2022

Scholarship Policies

  1. All Participant registration, paperwork, and waivers must be completed and submitted prior to consideration.
  2. Each participant, or the participant’s parent or guardian, is responsible for communicating, in a timely manner, with DREAM in the event they cannot participate in a scheduled lesson or program for any reason.
  3. If the participant cancels within 48 hours on (2) scheduled lessons within a given season, their financial aid scholarship will be revoked, and future lessons may be reconsidered.

If any of the policies listed above are not followed, you may no longer be eligible for a scholarship through DREAM.

How to Apply

When you apply for a general financial aid scholarship, you may be considered as a recipient of one of our Memorial Scholarships (see below).

  1. Log-In to your account and go to the drop down menu on the right that asks “What would you like to do?“
  2. From this menu please select “Scholarship Financial Aid Application
  3. Complete this application in full and to the best of your ability, when you are finished click “submit”
  4. Once we have received your application, our team will review the information provided and contact you with a decision prior to your first lesson or program.
    *Incomplete applications will not be considered*

Note that all information provided in this application will remain confidential. It is the policy of DREAM to maintain a non-discriminatory scholarship application process. DREAM does not make scholarship decisions based upon age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.

Please contact our office at 406-862-1817 or email if you have questions about the DREAM Scholarship and Financial Aid program.

Memorial Scholarships

Jane Lopp Memorial Scholarship, Founder

Jane Lopp smiling at the camera wearing a pink collared shirt

Scholarships provided to those needing financial support to access DREAM’s programs. Jane was a force of nature, who was genuinely interested in the lives, relationships, goals and concerns of every person she met. She was a fierce advocate for justice, for her community, her clients and her family. She tirelessly fought for women’s rights and was an important figure in the Equal Rights movement at the local, state and national levels. An outstanding athlete, Jane was one of the first women at Flathead High School to letter in track, was a terrific softball and basketball player and loved the outdoors. Jane was discovered to have a rare form of muscular dystrophy in her thirties and yet never let it slow her down or limit her activities. Preference is given to female applicants to encourage more females in sport!

Aidan Nichols Long Memorial Scholarship

Aidan is smiling at the camera

Aidan was born in Kalispell in 2004. He grew up loving the Montana way of life. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, collecting insects, and fishing. He loved books, cowboy songs, silly poems, and Disney movies, particularly “Robin Hood” and “Aladdin.” He dreamed of being a builder and connecting buildings in downtown Kalispell with sky bridges. He was a champion hugger.

At age 5, Aidan developed epilepsy, which developed into a severe and rare seizure disorder. He spent long periods of time hospitalized and was flown to urban hospitals several times when his seizures grew out of control. Despite 12 years of merciless seizures and relentless medical treatments, he retained a loving, open, and curious nature. He was beloved by a long list of friends, neighbors, aides, nurses, educators, therapists, and medical professionals who worked with him over the years.

Aidan’s family has set up this memorial scholarship to help others have access to DREAM summer paddle and water-based programs, which Aidan and Ben, Aidan’s dad, often attended together.

Ben Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship

Ben Hollingsworth wears a blue jacket and a baseball cap

An annual seven-week snowboard scholarship for a local individual.

A Whitefish local has set up a wonderful scholarship fund in memory of her nephew, Ben, who passed away from a wakeboarding accident. Ben was a very accomplished mountain biker, skier, and snowboarder. From an early age, Ben developed his skills and love of outdoor recreation by building his own practice jumps in his back yard. He was also deaf.

Ben attended The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA from the age of six months through elementary school. He completed high school at Dover-Sherborn High School in Dover MA. He was in his fourth year at the Rochester Institute of Technology and was deeply involved in community service projects at the time of his passing.

To honor Ben’s life, Ben’s relative wishes to offer an annual snowboard scholarship to a Dream Adaptive Recreation athlete to enable him or her to participate in the Alpine winter program at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Preference is given to applicants with a hearing impairment or those that are totally deaf but is not restricted to that requirement.

Joe Brenneman Memorial Scholarship

joe brenneman in ski attire stands at the top of a snowy trail

Annual seven-week scholarship given to a winter ski/snowboard athlete.

Joe was a long-time volunteer with DREAM’s Adaptive Ski Program and an incredible community servant. He sat on many boards: CHS, City/County Planning, AERO, Flathead County Commissioner, Habitat for Humanity, Western Dairy, Kalispell School District, Flathead Basin Commission, Rotary, Montana State Fund, and the ImagineIF Library Foundation. He was a first responder for Creston Fire and an EMT on the Blacktail Ski Patrol. Joe loved outdoor adventures and we are pleased to offer a scholarship in honor of his countless hours dedicated to DREAM.

Gawronski Family Memorial Scholarship

Frank and Ryan Gawronski side hug

An annual seven-week ski or snowboard scholarship in memory of Frank & Ryan Gawronski. Two men who lived for helping others. Frank was a special education teacher for over 30 years and often took his students camping, fishing and on other activities in the great outdoors.