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Monforte receives Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship

Staff report

Nico Monforte is shown racing during his high school days. The 2013 North Tahoe grad was awarded the Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship.

Squaw Valley ski racer Nico Montforte was awarded the Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship, worth $10,000, to be used toward college expenses.

Monforte, a 2013 North Tahoe High School grad, raced through the Far West U18 program before finding his niche in skicross. After a promising start to his career, he suffered a major injury while training in Europe.

Knowing he faced many months of physical therapy, Monforte enrolled at University of Nevada, Reno, last fall, focusing on a degree in mechanical engineering.

The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is awarded yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. A panel of five judges takes a look at each applicant in depth, using grades and test scores while also reaching out to coaches, teachers and peers to get a sense of character.

Jeff Wattenmaker initiated his namesake scholarship prior to his death in 2010. Wattenmaker was impressed with the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. He loved ski racing and generously arranged to donate funds to expand the program.