Young skiers awarded Far West Masters Scholarships |

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.
Sylas Wright / Sierra Sun |

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

Casey Felger, Mammoth

Cody Jayne, Mammoth

Scott McClure, Mammoth

Haley Louis, Sugar Bowl

Emma Maiden, Squaw Valley

Rachel Meyer, Diamond Peak

Sydney Snelbaker, Mammoth

Hyla Staudenmayer, Squaw Valley

Laurel Taylor, Diamond Peak

Lachlan Anderson, Mammoth

Quinn Earley, Squaw Valley

Ryan Foulke, Mammoth

Noah Reid, Mammoth

Max Wingard, Squaw Valley

Pilar Alvarez, Sugar Bowl

Katherine Brown, Mammoth

Elisabeth Heit, Mammoth

Maureen Lebel, Mammoth

JP Fourie, Sugar Bowl

Luke Rodarte, Sugar Bowl

Jimmy Wehsener, Mammoth

Max Ziontz, Mammoth

Sarah Auer, Sugar Bowl

Maia Bickert, Heavenly

Francesca English, Squaw Valley

Sabrina Futral, Northstar

Lauren Keller, Diamond Peak

Kayleigh MacGregor, Mammoth

Erin Maidman, Mammoth

Katherine Oakley, Mt. Rose

Megan Rescigno, Mt. Rose

Emma Stratman, Northstar

Michael Cooper, Sugar Bowl

Logan DeAngelis, Mammoth

Tenaya Standteiner, Squaw Valley

Scotty Lebel, Mammoth

Cody Wilson, Squaw Valley

Lila Lapanja, U.S. Ski Team

Mark Engel, U.S. Ski Team

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