Congratulations to the 2017 winners! Snowboarder - Langdon Wolfe and Freeskier - Rocky Vertone!
Thanks to the generous support of the Brent Newton Ski Foundation two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Freeride Program athletes. The Brent Newton Ski Foundation's mission is to expose children to the sport of skiing or riding through school programs and other sanctioned organizations. To donate scholarships to children who are underprivileged or have special needs, that would not necessarily be exposed, or have the opportunity to experience this sport.
Freeride Program athletes are invited to submit essays that reflect their passion for skiing and snowboarding. Sheryl Newton, Foundation Founder, encourages athletes to "write with their passion, soul and heart, there are no wrong answers! We only want to know why skiing or riding is a beautiful and special part of your life."
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a snowboarder and one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a skier. Awards may be used for program tuition or competitive expenses, not equipment. Essays should include a cover sheet with the athlete's name. So that essays can be reviewed anonymously, please do not include the athlete's name on the actual essay. Instead please name the essay with your favorite run, line or trail in Jackson Hole.
Scholarships awards will be awarded based on following criteria, not on correct spelling or grammar:
- Why do you choose to ski or ride, how does this make you feel, (mentally and physically)?
- Why this is important to you, (free skiing or riding; training and competing) and what do you get out of this?
- How has skiing or riding changed your life? How has this helped with your experiences outside of skiing or riding? What aspects of skiing or riding do you use in your day to day life?
- Where do you see skiing or riding leading you in life?
- Why is it important for you to be awarded the scholarship? How will this be beneficial to you and your passion for the sport? What will it mean to you?
The scholarship applications must be submitted to the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club by Friday December 23, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the Brent Newton Ski Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarship winners will be announced in January, 2017.
About the Brent Newton Ski Foundation
Brent Ward Newton (or Newt as his friends called him) had a passion for skiing that was unequivocal. The energy that surrounded him when he was skiing or dreaming about it was incredible. Our family is privileged to have his name associated with contributing to this passion by inspiring other children to experience the thrill of skiing and riding. The Brent Newton Ski Foundation would like to help sponsor a child who would not necessarily have the opportunity or privilege to be exposed to this sport. We hope to keep Newt's spirit, passion and love for skiing alive in the lives of other children by benefiting these memories through the sport of skiing and riding, creating lasting childhood experiences that can be used for a lifetime.