MYSTERY RANCH Reports on the Status and Impact Of the Inge Perkins Scholarship

Aubrey Johnson

Bozeman, Mt. (Jan. 22, 2019) – The Inge Perkins Scholarship was established in 2018 to celebrate the life and inspiration of Inge by providing financial assistance to a young female rock climber living in the greater Gallatin Valley. Since its founding, the Inge Perkins Scholarship (IPS) has raised $25,000 support young women climbers in Bozeman, MT.

Fifteen thousand dollars came from individual donors and companies, including a $3000 donation from MYSTERY RANCH and a $1000 donation from SCARPA. A matching gift of ten thousand came from a local foundation. The funds raised serve to cover the recipient’s gym, climbing team, and competition fees, fuel, and lodging for competitions, and the costs for two outdoor trips through Touch the Sky.

Aubrey Johnson

Inaugural Inge Perkins Scholarship recipient: Aubrey Johnson

The inaugural recipient of the scholarship is high school senior Aubrey Johnson. As an active member of the Bozeman Climbing Team, Aubrey participates in both the bouldering and sport climbing competitions through USA Climbing. Last year, she made it to the sport-climbing nationals in Georgia. This year, she will attend bouldering nationals in Oregon. Aubrey received the scholarship for the care and support she shows for her team and the larger climbing community.

Recipients of the scholarship are expected to volunteer their time for a minimum of ten hours. They are also expected to write four reflections a year: one after the bouldering season, one after the sports season, one for the summer outdoor trips, and another following their community service.


In addition, BLACK DIAMOND donated a rope, 12 draws, an ATC, chalk bag, and helmet for the recipient’s use. Other donations include: a harness from PETZL, shoes from EVOLV, a $600 ‘healthy eats’ allowance from Sola, and MYSTERY RANCH donated a custom-fit backpack. MYSTERY RANCH has also pledged to continue the $3000 donation on an annual basis.


Some of the IPS funds will be invested to ensure the scholarship continues into the future as one young woman will receive the scholarship annually. The application process begins in September and the scholarship is awarded at Spire Climbing’s annual bouldering competition, Full Gravity Day. With continued growth, the funds could potentially offer two scholarships a year.


More information about the scholarship can be found online at:


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