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Young skiers awarded Far West Masters Scholarships

Staff report

Former Sugar Bowl racer Mark Engel of the U.S. Ski Team, shown competing in the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, was one of 40 racers to receive a Far West Masters Scholarship.

The Far West Masters Scholarship Program awarded $27,000 in scholarships to 40 young ski racers.

Racers earn their scholarships based on a combination of citizenship, exemplary work ethic, academic performance, financial need and ski racing potential. In turn, they must forerun one of the Masters races and speak at that day's awards ceremony.

Since 1992, more than $800,000 has been distributed to Far West Skiing athletes. A majority of sponsored athletes go on to college or the U.S. Ski Team, which has many scholarship alumni, including Marco Sullivan, Stacey Cook, Tim Jitloff, Travis Ganong, Mark Engel and Lila Lapanja.

In addition, the Jeff Wattenmaker scholarship endowment awards a $10,000 college scholarship yearly to one of the outstanding athletes in the program.

Far West Masters Scholarship recipients

Sophia Staudenmayer, Squaw Valley

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