JHSC Scholarship Program

The underlying objective of the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is to provide an opportunity for community youth to develop their potential as skiers and snowboarders and become champions in sport and life. The costs involved in skiing and snowboarding and competing at the regional and national levels can be burdensome, so the JHSC Scholarship Program was established to help mitigate these costs. Scholarships are offered to offset both program tuition/fees and travel-related expenses. 

Need Based Scholarships

The primary JHSC Scholarship Program offers need-based scholarships, and awards are based on demonstrating financial need. As only a limited amount of scholarship funds are available, all athletes must pay a portion of their expenses. With need being the highest priority, the Scholarship Committee also requires that applicants can demonstrate a commitment to academics and success in school, JHSC programming, and JHSC core values.

  • Families with children in high school/U16 & older or those who do not attend school in Teton County, WY (public or private):
    will apply directly through JHSC’s application process. The application period is June 1 - June 30 [extended to July 4, 2022] (for U16 & older athletes only) or August 30 through October 1 dependent on program start date. Awards will be communicated to the applicants by July 31st via email including an award agreement. Tuition is due in full by December 31. Email info@jhskiclub.org for a unique family/application number and a link to the online application.
     
  • Families with children attending school in Teton County, WY (public or private) in grades 8 and younger or U14 equivalent programs and younger:​
    will apply through One22. JHSC partners with One22 and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole in the Extracurricular Opportunity Scholarship. One application will be submitted and reviewed by both One 22 and JHSC. Through this partnership, JHSC matches scholarships awarded through the Extracurricular Opportunity Scholarship. Funds awarded by One 22 and matched by JHSC will be applied to the student’s account at JHSC. The application period is open August 30 through October 1. Awards will be communicated by One22. Tuition is due in full by December 31.

    Visit the One22 website for application forms​.

    • Additional financial support for U14 age travel expenses may be requested through JHSC during this application period. Email info@jhskiclub.org for a unique family/application number and a link to the online application.
  • Families with children in both categories: submit an application to both entities.
    Please contact Julie Klomparens at the JHSC business office with questions 307-733-6433 x102 or info@jhskiclub.org

​JHSC offers and/or manages other scholarships with unique criteria (see more information below). Scholarships and other financial aid are also available through outside organizations such as USSA-IMD and NAASF. Please contact your coach or the Program Director for more information.

Betty Woolsey Merit Scholarships (U16 & older)

About the Betty Woolsey Merit Scholarship

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club started the Betty Woolsey Olympian Endowment in 1992 in honor of Betty Woolsey. Ms. Woolsey was a member of the 1936 U.S. Women's Olympic Alpine Ski Team and continued her involvement with the U.S. Team as a competitor and as the Captain of the Women's team. The Betty Woolsey Olympian Endowment helps to recognize and support personal achievement and the excellence that she exemplifies. The endowment is currently over $100,000.  The annual return of this fund, as well as donations received in support of merit scholarships, provides these awards.

Criteria for Merit Scholarships

  1. U16 or older student-athletes or equivalent based on sport.
  2. Athletic Merit in competitive skiing or snowboarding (points, results, strength of competition schedule, invitation to special projects, placement on regional or national teams, etc). Criteria guidelines may vary by sport. Full criteria available here
  3. Athlete’s commitment to their sport and personal development (including academics).
  4. Athlete’s ability to represent the mission of the JHSC.
  5. Athlete’s ability to adhere to established student-athlete codes of conduct and JHSC core values.

Full Merit Scholarship program information. 

To Apply

The application deadline for merit-based scholarships is annually the second Friday after spring break.  Merit scholarship applications are assessed based on the level of merit represented, the criteria above, and coach recommendations. Applicants will be notified of merit scholarship decisions within 30 days.  

Applicant for Merit Scholarship must submit:

  1. A letter of application [500 words or less] explaining:
    1. Your current accomplishments and your long-term goals
    2. Your commitment as a student-athlete
    3. Your commitment to the JHSC mission and values providing specific examples
  2. A budget representing your current expenses and obligations to continue pursuing your goals, and how you would intend to use Merit Scholarship Funds. Keep in mind that funds may be granted in recognition of an external expense or opportunity, but distributions to merit scholars will be credited to the athlete’s JHSC account and not to third parties.

Please submit your application to Ali Sehnert ali@jhskiclub.org

Award amounts have ranged from $500 to $2,000.  The total amount awarded varies year to year dependent upon the level of merit achieved as well as the number of applicants.   

To Support the Fund

JHSC may accept gifts from donors if so directed by the donor to support Merit Scholars. 90% of these gifts will fund the Betty Woolsey Scholarship Endowment for future merit-based support, and 10% of these funds will be distributed to current Merit Scholars as described in the Merit Scholarship contract. Gifts to the Merit Scholarship program will be recognized as fully tax-deductible donations to JHSC - a 501(c)(3) organization.  Donate online, by check to JHSC PO Box 461 Jackson, WY 83001 or through gifts of stock (contact Brittney at 733-6433 x113)

Wes Barron Scholarship Fund

Through the efforts of the Barron family and the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, the Wes Barron Scholarship Fund has been established in his name and is making a difference in the lives of local children. Thanks to the generous support of donors, Wes' Fund is able to help local kids with financial need to participate in Alpine Racing. Young athletes are eligible to receive financial assistance with program fees, equipment costs, and race expenses.  Through this fund, Wes continues to positively impact and inspire local kids who otherwise may not be able to participate in the sport. Wes Barron Scholarships are need-based and administered though the primary JHSC Scholarship Process. 

Donate to the Wes Barron Scholarship Fund here

Karen Oatey Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Karen Oatey Scholarship Endowment Fund (KOSEF) at the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club has been established by her loving family as a way to share Karen’s love for winter sports with young athletes in financial need.  The fund honors Karen’s desire to give back to the community while introducing and supporting Jackson Hole’s young athletes as they develop their own passion for winter sports and the outdoors.

The KOSEF balance is nearing $600,000. The annual return of this fund helps support our annual JHSC scholarship allocations. Supporting this fund ensures our ability to maintain and increase our support to local athletes with financial need. 

To Support the Fund

Gifts to the Karen Oatey Scholarship Endowment Fund will be recognized as fully tax-deductible donations to JHSC - a 501(c)(3) organization.  Donate online, by check to JHSC PO Box 461 Jackson, WY 83001 or through gifts of stock (contact Brittney at 733-6433 x113)