Our Far West Masters Scholarship Program, now in its 26th year, has awarded more than $1.2 million to our athletes, thanks to the generosity of Far West Masters members. This season, more than 50 juniors applied, and 38 awardees were selected based on a combination of citizenship, work ethic, academic scholarship, financial need, and race results. The funds awarded are only used for race-related expenses during the race season, and we continue to sponsor many of the athletes for a number of years. Some of them go on to race in college, on the US Ski Team, and several have competed in the Olympics.
Some interesting facts: Of this year’s athletes, the youngest is 13, while the oldest is 20. One now skis out of Steamboat, and another from Snow Summit. In the Sierra resorts, Squaw, Mammoth, and Sugar Bowl produced 31 of the recipients, with Northstar, Mt. Rose, and Diamond Peak making up the rest. When you ride up a chair with a young racer, be sure to ask them if they are aware of our program, and encourage them to apply.
The 10 years of the Jeff Wattenmaker College Scholarship program have ended, having awarded each of 13 recipients $10,000 over 4 years. In addition to the FWM Scholarship Program, the new Masters College Scholarship Program has been created. The first recipient is Sophia Staudenmayer, who will attend Boston College. The recipient is chosen based on their combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, and financial need. The program is unique in that it is dependent upon your donations. An anonymous donor will match all contributions up to $10,000, making the potential of $20,000 for this 4-year scholarship. A “PayPal donate button” has been set up to help you donate: https://farwestmasters.org/scholarship_program
Thanks to all of you who support these unequaled programs with your contributions, your purchase of raffle tickets after many of our races, and your purchases of donated items from our US Ski Team scholarship athletes who give back to our program. Thanks especially to Chair Eddie Mozen and Board members Doug Fulton and Miles Anderson for their outstanding leadership over many years.