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BSF Scholarships


*Please Review the Scholarship Information Below Before Submitting an Application*

The application deadline for Need-Based Financial and Ambassador Scholarships for the 2016-17 season will be October 15th  17th, 2016

Funds for scholarships are raised from sales of the Bridger Bowl License plates, the BSF Ambassador Program, targeted fundraising initiatives, donor-directed funds, and other sources.  BSF makes it a priority to raise funds for, and give out as many, scholarships as possible in a given year.  Funds, however, are not guaranteed to be available every year.

WHAT'S AVAILABLE?

Scholarships are available for Bridger Ski Foundation junior and competitive athletes (non-YSL)* in several categories: 
Need-based financial
the Ambassador Scholarship Program
Achievement-based

Sportsmanship
Senior Scholarships.

40% of all general scholarship funds available in a given year will be available for need-based financial scholarships.  These scholarships are to assist Bridger Ski Foundation skiers whose participation requires financial support beyond what their families can supply.  60% of all general scholarship funds available in a given year will be available for Achievement, Sportsmanship, and Senior Scholarships.  These scholarships are designed to recognize Bridger Ski Foundation athletes for excellence, athleticism, achievement, and dedicated participation in the Bridger Ski Foundation programs. 

*Because funds are limited, scholarships will be awarded to those athletes enrolled in, and committed to, the more full-time Junior programs, where the costs of participation are considerably higher. We make every effort to keep our entry-level Youth Ski League programs affordable and an excellent value.

THE COMMITTEE

The Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Executive Director and made up of five persons: one BSF Board Member, the Executive Director, and three outside individuals who are not employees or Board Members of BSF.  The Scholarship Committee is charged with management and oversight of the Scholarship Program.  The three outside parties on the committee are charged with selecting need-based financial scholarship.

 

Annual Scholarship Opportunities


1) Need-Based Financial Scholarship
* Application downloadable here.

Registered participants may apply starting in September for need-based financial scholarships.  Application deadline is October 15 17, 2016. For these scholarships, the ability of the family to pay program-related fees will be factored based on data supplied by the applicant’s parents, which will determine if the applicant is income-eligible by meeting the criteria for federal financial aid.

Criteria for consideration:

  • Must be a registered participant of BSF for the upcoming season 
  • Must be registered as a Junior program athlete (not Youth Ski League)
  •  Athlete’s account must be current
  • Must submit application form and required documents by deadline (October 15, 2016)
  • Must provide a letter describing athlete’s need for this scholarship (including number in family, other obligations, such as number of children in college, and a list of other major assets and liabilities that limit family’s ability to support athlete’s skiing).

Scholarship Selection Committee & Process:  The three outside parties on the committee are charged with selecting need-based financial scholarship recipients based on certain criteria.  The three outside committee members will review the need-based financial applications once the deadline has passed and make selections.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than November 15, 2016.  Awarded scholarship funds will be credited to the athlete’s account to be applied to program and event fees.

2) Ambassador Scholarship Program
* Application downloadable here.

Registered participants may apply starting in September for the Ambassador Scholarship Program.  Application deadline is October 15 17 , 2016. The Ambassador Scholarship Program is an annual program, based on available funds specifically raised for this program, which provides for the selection and sponsorship of a number of junior/competitive athletes. The goal is to “sponsor” deserving athletes, teach them how to be a “sponsored” athlete, and create a team of BSF Ambassadors.  Athletes will have a proven record of dedication and commitment to BSF and their sport, have potential to incur substantial expenses in conjunction with their sport, and will need to be able to solicit funds and sponsors at some point in their career.  

Selected athletes will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used throughout the season to offset program, camp, race, and travel expenses. In exchange, recipients will be expected to fulfill certain obligations as Ambassadors of BSF.  Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee, and athletes will be expected to meet with a member of the BSF Board of Directors, who will work with the athletes on Ambassador expectations. 

Criteria for consideration:

  • Must be a registered participant of BSF for the upcoming season
  • Must be registered as a Junior program athlete (not Youth Ski League)
  • Athlete must be 14 years of age by December 31, 2016
  • Athlete’s account must be current
  • Must submit application form and required documents by deadline (October 15, 2016)
  • Must provide a letter describing (1) your desire to serve as a BSF Ambassador, (2) how you will fulfill your role as an Ambassador, i.,e, how you will connect with your sponsor and what do you feel is important to tell them about yourself as an athlete and what role the sponsor plays in your skiing career, what forms of media and communication will you use to share information with your sponsor and the BSF community (3)  your participation in BSF skiing, highlighting year- round attendance, commitment, and consistency, your goals, performance, improvement, sportsmanship, and leadership in skiing; (4) your service and volunteer activities both in and out of BSF. 

Scholarship Selection Process:  Application deadline is October 15, 2016 and applicants will be notified by email no later than November 15, 2016.  Awarded scholarship funds will be credited to the athlete’s account to be applied to program and event fees.


3) Achievement-Based Scholarship:

Registered participants may be eligible for achievement-based scholarships throughout the season based on a participant’s athletic and other achievements and meeting specific criteria.  There is no application process for Achievement-Based Scholarships. Alpine, Freestyle, and Nordic will recognize achievement based on the following criteria and events: 

General Criteria Standards for consideration:

  • Must be a registered participant of BSF
  • Athlete’s account must be current
  • Academic commitment & achievement
  • Commitment to the program
  • Consistency of participation (year-round training)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Team Support
  • Demonstrated love of skiing
  • Race results
  • Must represent BSF to the highest possible standard
  • Must follow the BSF and USSA Codes of Conduct

Alpine Achievements:  If an athlete meets the General Criteria Standards and achieves one or more of the following accomplishments, they may be eligible for a scholarship based on available funds:

  • USSA Northern Div U-14 Championship Team Selection
  • USSA Northern Div U-16 Championship Team Selection
  • USSA Northern Div Western Region Championship Team Selection
  • USSA U-18 Nationals Selection
  • US Nationals Selection
  • Canadian Nationals Selection
  • Nor Am Finals Selection
  • National Project invitee
  • US Ski Team Selection Criteria met

Freestyle Achievements:  If an athlete meets the General Criteria Standards and achieves one or more of the following accomplishments, they may be eligible for a scholarship based on available funds:

  • US Freestyle Ski Team selection events
  • Junior World Championships
  • Youth Championships
  • US Junior National Championships
  • US National Championships
  • Nor-AM Tour
  • Rev Tour

Nordic Achievements:  If an athlete meets the General Criteria Standards and achieves one or more of the following accomplishments, they may be eligible for a scholarship based on available funds:

  • Senior Nationals
  • Scandinavia Cup                           
  • World Junior Championship                                                                   
  • Canmore Camp for skiers who made Scandinavia Cup or World Juniors      
  • Junior Nationals

Achievement-Based Scholarship Selection Committee & Process:  Achievement-Based Scholarships will be awarded at the direction of the Program Directors, with approval of the Scholarship Committee. Scholarships for a given event in this class are designed to reward the hard work, dedication, commitment, and achievement of BSF athletes and to help offset the costs of more expensive travel and competition events.  Scholarships will be made equitably among those recipients who qualify for the same event (e.g., each athlete that qualifies for Nordic Junior Nationals or US Nationals will be given the same amount of support).  There is no application for this class of scholarship.  Recipients will be notified by email at appropriate times or at Awards Banquets.  Scholarships funds will be credited to the athlete’s account to be applied to program and event fees.

 

4) Sportsmanship Scholarships: 

Sportsmanship Scholarships include the Erin Ogle Scholarship in Alpine and others as determined by the Program Directors and Scholarship Committee. There is no application process for Sportsmanship Scholarships. These awards are given out at varying times, at the discretion of the Program Directors and Scholarship Committee.

The Erin Ogle Scholarship is given out each spring to one athlete in Alpine who demonstrates at the highest level the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication, commitment, and hard work in the sport of Alpine ski racing. There is no application process.

 

5) The Senior Scholarship is given out each year by the BSF Board of Directors, with approval of the Scholarship Committee, to one male and one female athlete who is a graduating high school senior.  Recipients will have demonstrated significant commitment, dedication, and accomplishment, both academically and athletically, during their years as a high school athlete at BSF.  Recipients will receive a $400 scholarship to be applied to the athlete’s freshman year in college.  The scholarship is given out each spring at the Bozeman High School Awards ceremony or other appropriate event in order to recognize our BSF athletes in front of their peers and teachers. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017. Application process and instructions will be mailed to graduating seniors and their families in late April 2017. 

  

General Policies of Scholarship Programs:  

BSF Athletes and families who receive and accept scholarships from BSF through the Scholarship Program must agree to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth by the Bridger Ski Foundation.  If an athlete, and/or his/her family, who receives a scholarship violates BSF policies and procedures, or withdraws from BSF for a non-injury related reason, the athlete and his/her family may be responsible for refunding a prorated share of the scholarship.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the BSF office at (406)587-2445 or office@bridgerskifoundation.org