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Far West Masters Scholarship Program: Far West Junior ski racers benefit from generous scholarships

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is entering its 19th year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. They have raised half a million dollars during that time. All money raised is distributed with no overhead to Far West Junior Athletes. Their goal is to promote academic scholarship, citizenship and leadership within the ski racing community and keep athletes involved in ski racing who might not otherwise have a chance without financial support. A majority of sponsored athletes have gone on to college, many on ski and scholastic scholarships. Additionally, the U.S. Ski Team currently has four Far West sponsored athletes on the team. Far West Masters Scholarship alumni include Marco Sullivan, Stacey Cook, Tim Jitloff and Travis Ganong.

The goal of these chronologically challenged Masters racers is to give something back to the sport of ski racing in return for all the enjoyment they have gotten out of it over the years. Juniors are invited to forerun our races and and#8220;thank their sponsorsand#8221; by giving a speech at our award parties. They experience the fun and comradeship we masters have for the sport and at the same time remind them ski racing really is fun and a life long pursuit.

Jeff Wattenmaker was an avid Masters racer who supported the Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. Prior to his recent passing, he generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program.

The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used toward college expenses. It will be given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must be accepted to an accredited Junior College, University or vocational school for the coming fall.

The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the winners of the Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship for 2011. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) citizenship, exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, financial need and alpine ski race results. This year’s winners are Sal Monforte, North Tahoe High School; Brian Tidd, North Tahoe High School; James Clifford (Sugar Bowl Academy/Middlebury College and Amie Lonza, Mammoth.

The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used toward college expenses.

This scholarship will be given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. Applications for the Far West Masters Scholarship Program for 2011-12 are now available on the Far West Skiing web site at http://www.fwskiing.org and on the Masters website at http://www.farwestmasters.org and will be due on Sept. 15, 2011. Please contact mozen@concentric.net if you have questions about the program.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com