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2014-2015 Competition Schedules are now posted!
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Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

Congratulations Graduates!!!
Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship Recipients

Summer and Fall Dates of Importance

Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship
Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Trabert Memorial Scholarship
Rick Hom Memorial Scholarship
Communications Chair to FWBOD Needed
Far West Academic Team - Submit Grade Reports by September 15th

Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship - Must be postmarked by July 3rd, 2014

Masters Scholarship 14-15 - Due September 15th - ONLINE APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
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June 30, 2014
Education and Assessment Weekend

Save the date, November 7-9, 2014, for a weekend of education, assessment, communication and gathering!
Physical Assessments - Saturday, November 8th
Parent and Athlete Education - Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th
Coaches Education - Friday, November 7th
Officials Education - Friday, November 7th-Saturday, November 8th
SATURDAY NIGHT BBQ AND FAR WEST GET TOGETHER.

More information to be announced late August, early September! Looking forward to seeing you there.

 


June 23, 2014
Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund 7th Annual Golf Tournament

During the 2013-2014 season three U16 athletes received a combined $1500 from the Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund in her memory! The fund continues to grow through the annual golf tournament and the memorial Slalom's held each season at Heavenly Mountain Resort where Emily grew up skiing.

This year's 7th Annual Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 28th. Mark your calendars,get your friends together and come on out for a great day of play in Emily's honor!


ECMSF Golf Tournament 2014

 


June 18, 2014
Congratulations Graduates

Far West Skiing Board of Directors and the community surrounding this wonderful sport would like to take a moment to congratulate the many graduates on their accomplishments in the classroom, above and beyond their accomplishments on the hill!

Many of these athletes will continue to ski for their college at either the NCAA, USCSA Competative or Club Levels. Take a moment to see how you can participate in skiing, as a racer or as an instructor/coach by clicking here for a great article put together by NCAA.USCSA and USSA.

Here is a small listing of athletes heading off to school this Fall. Thank you to the coaches for helping put this list together. If you know of someone missing from the list please email lucy@fwskiing.org to have them added.

 

First Last University
Abbott Diana Colby Sawyer
Arvidsson Erik US Ski Team/Middlebury
Ballinger Billy Colorado University
Banales Alex Oregon State
Bjorkman Julia U of New Hampshire
Cashell Julia Middlebury.French Language School
Deangeli Claire St. Oloff
Driller Garret Personal Growth Year
Dvoracek Addison Personal Growth Year
England Nicolas Colorado Mtn. College
Francis Brian Dartmouth
Fuller Jordan Boston University
Glavish Slade Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Johnson Hannah Bates
Monforte Nico  UNR
Nixon Kendra U. Nevada Reno
Plant Riley Middlebury
Ryder Sierra Bates
Schadlich Daisy UC Berkeley
Schaffner Perry St. Oloff
Talbott Marc Williams
Tidd Jessica St. Michaels in Vermont
Vassar Chiara New York State
Weemaes Pieter Harvard
Wehsener Alexa UC Berkeley


 


June 11, 2014
Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship Recipients

  Jeff Wattenmaker was an avid Masters ski racer who supported the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. Prior to his passing, he generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program. This year the quality of the athlete scholars who applied was deep and so evenly divided that it was virtually impossible to pick a single winner. In fact of the 10 athletes that applied, there were 6 separate athletes that received first place votes  from the selection committee.   A single winner could not be decided on and instead three $7000 scholarships were awarded. 

The 7 athletes that did not receive a scholarship were all outstanding and deserves praise.  They are Alexa Wehsener from Mammoth Mountain, Jessica Tidd from Squaw Valley, Riley Plant from Sugar Bowl, Nico Monforte from Squaw Valley, Maddie Johnson from Lake Tahoe Racing, Hannah Johnson from Sugar Bowl, and Garret Driller from Squaw Valley.

This years winners are Claire DeAngeli, Foreste Peterson and Madeline Riffel.

Claire will graduate from Reno High School and will be attending St Olaf College in Minnesota in the fall where she will ski race. She has been sponsored by the Masters Scholarship Program for the past 2 years. Claire is an active Nationally ranked FIS alpine ski racer on the Squaw Valley Ski Team.  She is also an outstanding student who graduated at the top of her class and is an accomplished sailer and musician.  She played in the violin section of the Reno Youth Philharmonic for four years and looks forward to continue playing in college. She was involved in leadership and community service projects at Reno High and was the Student Body Secretary her senior year. She will graduate with an honors diploma and as a part of the National Honor Society.

Deangeli, Claire

Foreste Peterson graduated from Berkeley High School and will be attending Dartmouth in the fall. She has been a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program  since 2006 and was named as  a member of the US Ski Team in 2010. She has always given back to the ski racing community by helping out with fund raising, doing “clean up the yard” days and participating in events to promote ski racing in the community. Her motto being “ give more than you take”.    She continues to have extremely high aspirations with ski racing and intends to race most if not all of the NorAm Cup races and U.S. Nationals. Her goals for the next four years include winning NCAAs, winning a NorAm title, and qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. She says “Just because I am not on the U.S. Ski Team for the time being, does not mean I am done with ski racing. So don't count me out! I fully anticipate the challenge of juggling the many demands of a college education with elite level ski racing, and I am ready to take it all on.  It's been two years since I've been in school so I honestly cannot wait to use my brain again and put it to good use. Everything about my future at Dartmouth will be new and different from what I am used to, which I'll admit is a little scary. However, change is good, and I am welcoming this change in my life with open arms.”

Peterson, Foreste

 

Madeline Riffel graduated from Mammoth High School and is a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team. She was a successful Alpine ski racer that shifted her focus to Skier Cross as she was Nationally ranked in that event and was on track to represent the US at the Olympics this year. Unfortunately she broke both her legs in a training accident this past fall and her dreams were crushed. Knowing she had to spend time rehabbing, she enrolled at UCLA where she will continue as a student.

Riffel, Madeline

 

The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is finishing its 22nd year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers.  They have raised over three quarters of a million dollars during that time. All money raised is distributed with no overhead to Far West Junior Athletes. Their goal is to promote academic scholarship, citizenship and leadership within the ski racing community and to keep athletes involved in ski racing that might not otherwise have a chance without financial support. A majority of sponsored athletes have gone on to college, many on ski and scholastic scholarships.  The US Ski Team currently has many scholarship alumni currently competing including Marco Sullivan, Stacey Cook, Tim Jitloff, Travis Ganong, Forrest Peterson, Mark Engel and Lila Lapanja.

                The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college expenses. It is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. This year instead of a single $10,000 award, three  $7000 awards were given out. To be eligible you must be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited Junior College, University or vocational school for the coming fall. 

                The Jeff Wattenmaker scholarship is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. Applications for the Far West Masters Scholarship Program for 2014-15 are available on the Far West Skiing web site at www.fwskiing.org  and on the Masters website at www.farwestmasters.org and will be due on September 15th, 2014

 

 


 June 9, 2014
Dates - Summer and Fall to place on your calendar

June 27th - Far West Board of Directors Meeting
June 30th - Far West Ski Association Scholarship due
July1 - the 2014-2015 Schedule will be posted by this date.
July 3rd - Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship due
September 15th - Far West Academic Team grade reports due to the Far West Skiing Office
September 15th - Masters Scholarship Applications Due (apply on line, see article below)
October 15th - Scholarship Applications due (Sprock, Hom, Trabert and DVR - see articles below, apply online)
November 7-9, 2014 - Officials, Coaches, Parent Weekend and Athlete Physical Assessments(8th)



June 9, 2014
Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Scholarship (U18+)

 

Dave Van Ruiten, former Director of Racing at Sugar Bowl Resort, passed away on November 7, 2005.  He was the former Vice President of Far West Skiing, a tremendous leader and asset to junior ski racing in this region, and a highly respected professional.  He was instrumental in Sugar Bowl’s commitment and rise to national ski racing prominence over the past several years.  This special scholarship award to a Far West athlete with USST potential and financial need is named in his honor.

The Far West Board of Directors will once again offer  the Far West Skiing - Dave Van Ruiten* Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-14 ski season.  A TBA by July 1st fund is available from Far West Skiing.

The athlete chosen for this special award must be a U18+ for the coming season, and must have a legitimate chance of being selected to the United States Ski Team (USST), according to the judgment of the Far West Board, based on the athlete’s national junior FIS ranking in one or more disciplines. Applicants must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. In the event the Far West Board believes multiple athletes meet the appropriate criteria, they will look to financial need to assist in the final decision process.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an online application. Applicants must be prepared to type in responses to the questions attached below, and upload (jpeg, pdf or docx) of your USSA athlete history(not including any summer results), 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be completed online by Wednesday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The dollar commitment to this scholarship fund will be set annually by the Far West Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting held each Spring/Summer.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipient of this scholarship on its website on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

Online scholarship link can be found at the bottom of this article.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or lucy@fwskiing.org.


APPLICATION GUIDE(same for all 4 Far West Memorial Scholarships):

A complete application includes:
1.Online application questions completed
2.USSA Athlete History Viewer from the past season. This document is available on the USSA.org web site.            Must be uploaded.
3.Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required. One letter should be from the athlete’s club or coach. The other letter should be from a teacher, academic advisor, or community leader. Letters should focus on sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, community service, and obstacles or personal difficulties you have overcome. Letters of recommendation from a parent will not be considered. Must be uploaded.
4. A copy of your most recent report card from school. If not in school, please explain your circumstances. Must be uploaded.

5.Two photos of the applicant. One head and shoulders and one action shot. Must be uploaded.

All items that need to be uploaded to the online application must be in jpeg, pdf or docx format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 

To be answered via essay format during the online application:

1. What is it about ski racing that excites you?
2. What are your ski racing objectives for the coming year?
3. Ski racing is expensive for all, why are you in need of financial assistance?

4. What else are you doing to help support your ski racing?
5. What other funding resources do you receive through sponsorships or scholarships?

6. Tell us of your ski racing accomplishments; include any titles, honors or special awards you have received.

7. How do you combine education with ski racing?
8. What are your educational goals?

9. In what other sports, activities or hobbies do you participate?

Applications and the information therein is for the exclusive use of the Scholarship Committee only and will not be used for any purpose other than the award of scholarships, except the use of photos for possible associated publication.

Applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded by November 5th. Funds for successful applicants shall be distributed by the Far West Skiing office.

Completed online applications must be submitted not later than Wednesday, October 15th by 5:00pm.

  LINK TO ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP

 


 

June 9, 2014
Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship (U18+)

In honor of Bobbie Sprock, who along with her husband Vern owned Sierra Ski Ranch from 1950-1993, her family has established the Bobbie Sprock Memorial Scholarship to acknowledge athletes who will be U18’s and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There are eight (8) scholarships available in the amount of $250 per athlete.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an online application. Applicants must be prepared to type in responses to the questions attached below, and upload (jpeg, pdf or docx) of your USSA athlete history, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be completed online by Wednesday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

Online scholarship link can be found at the bottom of this article.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or lucy@fwskiing.org.

APPLICATION GUIDE(same for all 4 Far West Memorial Scholarships):

A complete application includes:
1.Online application questions completed
2.USSA Athlete History Viewer from the past season. This document is available on the USSA.org web site.            Must be uploaded.
3.Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required. One letter should be from the athlete’s club or coach. The other letter should be from a teacher, academic advisor, or community leader. Letters should focus on sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, community service, and obstacles or personal difficulties you have overcome. Letters of recommendation from a parent will not be considered. Must be uploaded.
4. A copy of your most recent report card from school. If not in school, please explain your circumstances. Must be uploaded.

5.Two photos of the applicant. One head and shoulders and one action shot. Must be uploaded.

All items that need to be uploaded to the online application must be in jpeg, pdf or docx format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 

To be answered via essay format during the online application:

1. What is it about ski racing that excites you?
2. What are your ski racing objectives for the coming year?
3. Ski racing is expensive for all, why are you in need of financial assistance?

4. What else are you doing to help support your ski racing?
5. What other funding resources do you receive through sponsorships or scholarships?

6. Tell us of your ski racing accomplishments; include any titles, honors or special awards you have received.

7. How do you combine education with ski racing?
8. What are your educational goals?

9. In what other sports, activities or hobbies do you participate?

Applications and the information therein is for the exclusive use of the Scholarship Committee only and will not be used for any purpose other than the award of scholarships, except the use of photos for possible associated publication.

Applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded by November 5th. Funds for successful applicants shall be distributed by the Far West Skiing office.

Completed online applications must be submitted not later than Wednesday, October 15th by 5:00pm.

  LINK TO ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP


June 9, 2014
Matthew Trabert Memorial Scholarship (2nd year U16's and older)

In honor of Matthew Trabert, a long time Far West racer out of Diamond Peak and moving to Team Savage later in his career. He attended the J3 Junior Olympics, and Western Region Tech Series. After retiring from the Far West division he was the Nevada State High School Champion and went on to University of Nevada Reno.

The Matthew Trabert Scholarship acknowledge athletes who will be 2nd year U16’s  and older who excel in ski racing, have strong character, demonstrate academic excellence, have a financial need, and must be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There is one (1) scholarship available in the amount of $500.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an online application. Applicants must be prepared to type in responses to the questions attached below, and upload (jpeg, pdf or docx) of your USSA athlete history, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be completed online by Wednesday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

Online scholarship link can be found at the bottom of this article.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or lucy@fwskiing.org.

APPLICATION GUIDE(same for all 4 Far West Memorial Scholarships)

A complete application includes:
1.Online application questions completed
2.USSA Athlete History Viewer from the past season. This document is available on the USSA.org web site.            Must be uploaded.
3.Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required. One letter should be from the athlete’s club or coach. The other letter should be from a teacher, academic advisor, or community leader. Letters should focus on sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, community service, and obstacles or personal difficulties you have overcome. Letters of recommendation from a parent will not be considered. Must be uploaded.
4. A copy of your most recent report card from school. If not in school, please explain your circumstances. Must be uploaded.

5.Two photos of the applicant. One head and shoulders and one action shot. Must be uploaded.

All items that need to be uploaded to the online application must be in jpeg, pdf or docx format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 

To be answered via essay format during the online application:

1. What is it about ski racing that excites you?
2. What are your ski racing objectives for the coming year?
3. Ski racing is expensive for all, why are you in need of financial assistance?

4. What else are you doing to help support your ski racing?
5. What other funding resources do you receive through sponsorships or scholarships?

6. Tell us of your ski racing accomplishments; include any titles, honors or special awards you have received.

7. How do you combine education with ski racing?
8. What are your educational goals?

9. In what other sports, activities or hobbies do you participate?

Applications and the information therein is for the exclusive use of the Scholarship Committee only and will not be used for any purpose other than the award of scholarships, except the use of photos for possible associated publication.

Applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded by November 5th. Funds for successful applicants shall be distributed by the Far West Skiing office.

Completed online applications must be submitted not later than Wednesday, October 15th by 5:00pm.

  LINK TO ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP


June 9, 2014
Rick Hom Memorial Scholarship (U16.U18 Only)

This scholarship was formed by family and friends in 1993 to honor Rick Hom, who was the product manager for Head Skis and San Marcos Boots at Head Sports and was considered a ‘1-in-a-billion’ as a World Cup ski and boot tech before passing on September 16, 1992. Rick was from the Bay Area and grew up skiing in the Lake Tahoe area.  He also worked as the ski technician with the Squaw Valley Ski Team in the early 80’s and he loved ski racing.

To help keep Rick’s spirit and love of skiing alive, the Rick Hom Memorial Scholarship provides financial means to assist young, deserving skiers in continuing their racing careers. This scholarship targets athletes that will be U18 or U16 racers for the upcoming season, who are striving for excellence in school and on the race hill, while showing enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Athletes must show a financial need and be members in good standing with Far West Skiing. There are two scholarships available in the amount of $2,000 per athlete.

To apply for this scholarship, all applicants must complete and submit an online application. Applicants must be prepared to type in responses to the questions attached below, and upload (jpeg, pdf or docx) of your USSA athlete history, 2 letters of recommendation, your most recent report card, 2 photos (1 head and shoulders and one action shot). All applications must be completed online by Wednesday, October 15th at 5:00pm. No applications will be accepted late, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Far West Skiing Board of Directors will announce the recipients of this scholarship on its website on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

Online scholarship link can be found at the bottom of this article.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to the Far West Skiing office, 530.559.4130 or lucy@fwskiing.org.

  RICK HOM MEMORIAL SKI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS  
1993-94 Kristin Strathearn Squaw Valley Ski Team Alpine Meadows, Ca
1994-95 Kathryn (Kari) Keller Team Breckenridge Breckenridge, Co
1995-96 Sara Schleper Ski Club Vail Vail, Co
1996-97 Marco Sullivan Squaw Valley Ski Team Olympic Valley, Ca
1997-98 Madailein Sparks-Krebs Green Mountain Valley School Waitsfield, VT
  Peter Anderson Jr Waterville Valley Academy Waterville Valley, NH
1998-99 Aaron Bolduc Jackson Hole Ski Club Jackson, WY
  Grant Martin Breckenridge Ski Club Breckenridge, Co
1999-2000 Megan Hughes Burke Mountain Academy Killington, VT
  Kimberly Stephens Park City Ski Team Park City, UT
2000-01 Lisa Perricone Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Ashley Thornton Mt. Bachelor Ski Ed Foundation Bend, OR
2001-02 Nathan P. Asoian Ski Club Vail Vail, Co
  Jenny Gilman Taos Sports Association, Taos Ski Team Taos, NM
  Jacob Dudek Park City Ski Team Park City, UT
  Patrick Duran Green Mountain Valley School North Fayston, VT
  A. Marsh Gooding Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Sterling O. Grant Buck Hill Ski Racing, Team Amery, WI
  McCabe Mallin Aspen Valley Ski Club Aspen, CO
2002-03 A. Marsh Gooding Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Tucker Vest Burton Team Summit Breckenridge, CO
  Claire Abbe Buck Hill Ski Racing, Team Burnsville, MN
  Travis Ganong Squaw Valley Ski Team Olympic Valley, CA
  Charles R. "Chad" Kruger Wilmot and Holy Hill Ski Team Burlington, WI
  Chelsea Marshall Green Mountain Valley School Pittsfield, VT
  Elizabeth Woods Crested Butte Academy Aspen, CO
2003-04 Megan McJames Park City Ski Team Park City, UT
  Ian McKnight Team Summit Durango, CO
  Eric Davis Team Summit Dillon, CO
  Lauren Eder Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Hailey, ID
  Bobby Paulus Team Summit Silverthorne, CO
  Tina Roberts Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Kelsey Roddick Chestnut Mountain JR Race Team Galena, IL
2004-05 Kelsey Roddick Chestnut Mountain JR Race Team Galena, IL
  Martin Harris Heavenly Ski Education Foundation South Lake Tahoe, CA
  Nicolas Tomczyk Park City Ski Team Park City, UT
  Lauren Eder Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Hailey, ID
  Cory McConnell Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Katie Hartman Team Summit Breckenridge, Co
  Molly Leonard Crested Butte Academy Fraser, CO
  Lane Shipley Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
2005-06 Laura Hoff Squaw Valley Ski Team Winton, CA
  Trevor Leafe Burke Mountain Academy Monroe, NH
  Zach Collins Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Salt Lake City, UT
  Angel Collinson Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Snowbird, UT
  Corrie Ellis Jackson Hole Ski Club Victor, ID
  Julia Ford Holderness Schoool Plymouth, NH
  Kelsey Roddick Crested Butte Academy Galena, IL
  Madison Shepard Team Winter Park Kalamazoo, MI
  Kelley Fitzpatrick Meadows Race Team Keizer, OR
  Molly Leonard Crested Butte Academy Fraser, CO
  Tucker Marshall Green Mountain Valley School Pittsfield, VT
  Nicolas Tomczyk Park City Ski Team Park City, UT
2006-07 Kaylee Cortopassi Mammoth Mountain Ski Team Mammoth Lakes, CA
  Anton Hilts Mt. Bachelor Ski Ed Foundation Bend, OR
  Christopher Acosta Winter Park Competition Center Winter Park, CO
  Zach Collins Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Salt Lake City, UT
  Julia Ford Holderness Schoool Plymouth, NH
  Alex Jerred Ausblick Ski Race Team Oconomowoc, WI
  Kristin Leggett Killington Mountain School Killington, VT
  Anna Marno Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steamboat Springs, CO
  Tucker Marshall Green Mountain Valley School Pittsfield, VT
  Derek Strand Park City Ski Team Kamas, UT
  Linsey Wright Mount Snow Academy Brattleboro, VT
  Taylor Wunsch Smuggler's Notch Ski Club  Swanton, VT
2007-2011 NO SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED    
2011-2012 Julia Bjorkman Sugar Bowl Academy Norden, CA
  Hannah Johnson Diamond Peak Ski Team Incline Village, NV
2012-2013 Garret Driller Squaw Valley Ski Team Olympic Valley, Ca
  Nicolo Monforte Squaw Valley Ski Team Olympic Valley, Ca
2013-2014 Maia Bickert Heavenly Ski Education Foundation Olympic Valley, Ca
  Michael Cooper Sugar Bowl Academy Olympic Valley, Ca

 

APPLICATION GUIDE(same for all 4 Far West Memorial Scholarships)

A complete application includes:
A complete application includes:
1.Online application questions completed
2.USSA Athlete History Viewer from the past season. This document is available on the USSA.org web site.            Must be uploaded.
3.Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required. One letter should be from the athlete’s club or coach. The other letter should be from a teacher, academic advisor, or community leader. Letters should focus on sportsmanship, leadership, work ethic, community service, and obstacles or personal difficulties you have overcome. Letters of recommendation from a parent will not be considered. Must be uploaded.
4. A copy of your most recent report card from school. If not in school, please explain your circumstances. Must be uploaded.

5.Two photos of the applicant. One head and shoulders and one action shot. Must be uploaded.

All items that need to be uploaded to the online application must be in jpeg, pdf or docx format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 

To be answered via essay format during the online application:

1. What is it about ski racing that excites you?
2. What are your ski racing objectives for the coming year?
3. Ski racing is expensive for all, why are you in need of financial assistance?

4. What else are you doing to help support your ski racing?
5. What other funding resources do you receive through sponsorships or scholarships?

6. Tell us of your ski racing accomplishments; include any titles, honors or special awards you have received.

7. How do you combine education with ski racing?
8. What are your educational goals?

9. In what other sports, activities or hobbies do you participate?

Applications and the information therein is for the exclusive use of the Scholarship Committee only and will not be used for any purpose other than the award of scholarships, except the use of photos for possible associated publication.

Applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded by November 5th. Funds for successful applicants shall be distributed by the Far West Skiing office.

Completed online applications must be submitted not later than Wednesday, October 15th by 5:00pm.

  LINK TO ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP



May27, 2014
Far West Board of Directors and Far West ACC looking for members

The 2014 season is coming to a close and we have been informed that one Far West Board of Directors seat will be open.

The Media and Communications Chair is being vacated by Kara Palamaras as their family will be moving out of the area. Kara did an outstanding job of obtaining 'ink' in the local papers about the successes of Far West Skiing, along with writing some of the articles that appeared on the Far West Skiing Website. We would like to wish Kara and her family much success as they move on and a big thank you for the wonderful year of articles!!!

Interested parties in serving on the Far West Board of Directors need to email in a letter of interest and qualifications to both Greg Murtha (Past President, at gregory.murtha@gmail.com) and the Far West Skiing Office (lucy@fwskiing.org).
The following is the description of the Media and Communications Chair from the FW Policies and Procedures:

Under the direct supervision of the FW Executive Board and in coordination with the current administrator, the Communications & Public Relations Officer has the following responsibilities.

1.     To be responsible for setting annual communication targets, contributing to, and monitoring of their implementation through all realms of media; 

2.      produce and disseminate materials for communicating information about Far West and its programs;

3.     coordinate the content of press releases and outreach communications; and

4.     maintain updated photo library and database of media related contacts;

5.     To report on the progress of the communication work plan including the coordination of the delivery of its outputs;

6.     With direction and consultation for the FWBOD, the President of Far West should be the primary spokesperson at conferences, seminars and other media and or policy events. The CPRC will act as a back in cases where appropriate and directed by the FWBOD;  

7.     To review and monitor on progress of outreach opportunities and take appropriate follow up actions;

8.     Contribute to the planning of and arrangements for FW events, in particular regarding the design and production of printed and marketing materials; carry out duties assigned by the Executive Board.

 


May10, 2014
Far West Academic Team

The Far West Academic Team recognizes current Srs – U16 athletes in the Far West whose GPA for the previous season’s Spring Semester was a 3.5 or better. The athletes must be registered Sr-U16 during the spring 2014 academic period. Athletes are invited to send a legible copy of the spring report card to the FWS office by September 15, in order to be named to the Far West Academic Team. The Far West Academic Team is announced on the FWS website.

Report cards, or transcripts can be emailed to lucy@fwskiing.org; faxed to 1.866.739.2993 or mailed to Far West Skiing PO Box 2664, Truckee, Ca 96160.

 

 


 

May10, 2014
Stacey Cook and Sun Valley Ski Tools 14-15 Scholarship 

Welcome to the 8th edition of the Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship. The generosity of Sun Valley Ski Tools and their dedication to the youth of ski racing in America sets the standards for ski tool manufacturing companies. Through this program, 34 kids over the last 7 years have learned the art of tuning skis with the best tools on the market, and have rocketed out of the start gate with the proven success of RaceService1 wax propelling them. This year we look to add six more names to that distinguished list. Back in 2000 SVST created a “competition team as a way to support up and coming racers who proved to be model citizens as well. Every member of the original 7-person competition team went on to make the National team. Stacey Cook, a 3-time Olympian, 2-time World Cup Podium finisher, and 12-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, was a member of that original team as a 15 year old. In 2006, Cook had the idea to recreate the program into a yearly scholarship based on the original ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, and passion for skiing. SVST loved the idea and the rest is history.


Scholarship applications must be postmarked by July 3rd, 2014.
This scholarship is open to athletes in the YOB 1997-2000 only.

Application can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

 

 


 

May10, 2014
Far West Masters Scholarship 2014-2015

  The Far West Masters support Far West Junior Ski racers, ages 14-20 years old, each season. Scholarships are awarded based on work ethic, academic, citizenship, financial need and results.

Application deadline is September 15th, 2014.

There are two ways to apply:

1. via online application by clicking here for Masters Scholarship Online

or

2. You can download the current application pdf file by clicking here.


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