Did you know? Nearly $450,000 was awarded in scholarships to SSWSC athletes during the 2022-2023 season.
SSWSC offers financial need-based and athletic achievement-based scholarships. These scholarships require an application and are subject to application deadlines. In addition, we offer the simple one-step EZ Scholarship for program fees (see below). We understand that ski and snowboard programs for children can stretch a family’s budget. Our generous donors continue to support our scholarship funds with the goal that any local child can participate in our programs at any level and receive the financial support they need.
Current Scholarship Opportunities
This scholarship is intended to assist SSWSC families with their SSWSC program fees based on financial need. All athletes, resident or non-resident are eligible. Financial need and ongoing family involvement with the SSWSC will be considered. This scholarship is available in addition to the EZ scholarship.
This application will be open from August 1 - December 15. Applications will be collected through the 15th of each month (starting September 15) and scholarships will be awarded by the end of said month. Apply by October 15 to maximize award. Your SSWSC account must be in good standing for your application to be considered.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM FEE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS
- Preference will be given to any athlete 18 and under.
- Must demonstrate financial need and desire to participate.
- Must receive positive character references from a coach or teacher.
- Must be willing to conduct one’s self in an exemplary manner consistent with the ideals, rules, and standards of the SSWSC.
First Application Deadline: September 15, 2023
- Listing of All SSWSC Scholarships Available During the Year
These are short descriptions of available SSWSC Scholarships. Full descriptions, eligibility, and application deadlines are posted HERE when they open, check back regularly.
Summer/Winter SSWSC Program Fee Scholarship
This scholarship is intended to assist SSWSC families with their SSWSC program fees based on financial need. All athletes, resident or non-resident are eligible. While the EZ Scholarship only takes into account adjusted gross income, these program fee scholarships consider many other factors such as current hardship, multiple children, associated expenses such as travel and equipment, and family’s volunteerism with the club. Families can apply for this scholarship even if they have received an EZ Scholarship, or if they did not qualify for an EZ Scholarship. The winter program fee scholarship application window is from August 15-November 15. All applications are collected by the 15th of each month, with awards made at the end of that month.
Athletic Achievement Scholarship
These funds are generated by the Moose’s Loose Golf Tournament as well as other private donations to this fund. This scholarship is for SSWSC athletes age 13 or older that qualify for a National Championship or Junior Nationals. The application period begins in February and awards are made in March.
Carl’s Cup Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is for SSWSC male or female athlete’s aged 11 to 16 years in any discipline who are currently active in the SSWSC programs and participating in out of town competitive events. This scholarship fund has been made possible by local businesses, corporations, and life-long ski racers through their participation and/or donations to the Carl’s Cup Scholarship Race Series. The goal of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for young athletes to participate in out of town races and help ease the financial burden for the families of these athletes. Applications open in January and awards are made in February.
Neville Family Scholarship
These college scholarships will be awarded each spring to deserving Routt County athletes who will be attending college the following fall. These funds are made available through a donation from Steamboat locals, the Neville Family.
Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Snow Ski Scholarship for SSWSC Female Collegiate Skiing Graduates
This scholarship was established by Jim Grew to honor his deceased partner Barbara Bolding. This scholarship is awarded each year to a SSWSC female alumna who has completed her skiing at the collegiate level to be applied toward future academic expenses. This scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to the skier who best represents high achievement in academics (30%), sport (30%) and community service/volunteerism while at SSWSC and through her college experience (20%) as well as need (20%). Application period is in May, awards made in June.
Bill Michalek Scholarship
Bill Michalek Scholarship is awarded twice a year (spring and fall) to an athlete in any SSWSC program between the age 13 and 18 years old. The scholarship fund was established in 1997 to provide funding to a deserving middle or high school student from Routt County with financial need who is involved in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Financial need, athletic achievement and community involvement will be considered. The $2500 scholarship will be used to help cover travel and program expenses.
Joe Bishop -SSWSC Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Scholarship
Joe and Sara Bishop became supporters of the Steamboat Springs Winters Sports Club when their sons Hunter and Philip skied with the SSWSC. The Bishops have been passionate about the SSWSC and our athletes. Over the past 20 years, they have generously contributed to numerous fundraising events, various SSWSC projects and most recently the Transportation Safety Initiative that replaced all of the club’s 15 vehicles over a 3 year period. Joe kept a roll of $2 bills in his pocket. When he would see children, whether it was in the supermarket or the post office, he would give them a $2 bill. It was his “signature” way of a spreading a little kindness to kids. When the Bishops were honored as the 2018 Winter Carnival Grand Marshals, they participated in the Opening Ceremony where Joe approached the princesses and handed each of them a $2 bill. It was difficult to tell who enjoyed the moment more. Sadly, Joe passed away in January, 2019. The SSWSC family misses him greatly. His wife Sara, wishes to continue to honor Joe and has established the Joe Bishop SSWSC Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Scholarship. Two- $2,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to SSWSC student-athletes between the ages of 12-18 years old. Winners will be announced by February 7 each year and the scholarship awards will be presented at the Winter Carnival Opening Ceremony each year. See application here
SSWSC EZ Scholarship
The EZ Scholarship is a one-step winter program fee scholarship program that is part of the enrollment process for local participants. Based on the family’s adjusted gross income, the EZ Scholarship is applied directly to program fees before payment is made.
EZ Scholarship Program
Watch this short video to learn about the SSWSC EZ Scholarship program for all SSWSC winter programs.
The SSWSC offers an EZ Scholarship to all local athletes enrolled in a SSWSC winter program. The goal of the EZ Scholarship program is to offset the cost of programs fees to allow more local youth with the opportunity to participate in our programs. There is no application for the EZ scholarship. It can be applied to any local resident participant based on their family’s adjusted gross income (AGI) from the previous year’s tax return as part of the registration process. EZ Scholarship awards are up to 40% of program fees. A credit corresponding to the table below will be applied after you submit your program registration. Note that the adjusted fee does not show up when you submit your registration on-line, but is applied by our office manager before any accounts are charged. IMPORTANT: In addition to the EZ Scholarship, any registrant can apply for the additional winter program fee scholarships below, whether or not you are eligible for the EZ Scholarship. These other scholarship programs take into account things like multiple children participating in a family, special family financial hardships not reflected in AGI, additional financial need, costs for travel to competitions and training camps, etc.
Please contact us if you have any questions about SSWSC scholarship opportunities. Call the SSWSC office at (970) 879-0695 ext. 100 or email us.