Jeff Wattenmaker initiated his namesake scholarship prior to his death in 2010. The scholarship encourages young scholar athletes to strive to be and do the best they can in all aspects of life. Jeff’s values and ideals are so highly looked upon that they continue to be carried on through the Far West Master’s Program today. Additionally, Jeff passed these ideals on how to live a quality life and his love for ski racing to his children Gwen and Owen. Jeff generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program. The Wattenmaker family is proud to be a member of this community and takes pride in being part of the Masters Scholarship program whereby they have the ability to help ease the financial burden for the wonderful young adults who are in pursuit of a college education.
The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college academic expenses and is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited University, Junior College, or vocational school for the coming fall. The panel of judges takes a look at each applicant in depth and will go as far as reaching out to the applicants’ coaches, teachers, and peers to get a sense of the character of each applicant. One of the deciding factors in selecting the winner of the Wattenmaker scholarship is the level of involvement and commitment to the Far West Masters program. All Far West Masters scholarship recipients have this chance to be involved, and be part of a community that will help build their confidence and their success in the future. Each year the make-up of the group of applicants has been outstanding and this year has proven no different.
The recipient of the award this year is Calvin Wilson. Calvin grew up on Lake Almanor, 2 hours north of Lake Tahoe and skied for Squaw Valley, Park City and Diamond Peak over his junior career. Calvin is a humble, kind, hardworking, and talented young man. He has been involved in the Far West Masters Scholarship Program since he was 11 years old, has been a mentor to numerous Far West Athletes at the annual Copper fall Masters training camp -- showing the next generation first hand how to ski, survive on the road, and balance scholastics and race training while traveling. Calvin will be attending Bates College in the Fall, majoring in environmental sciences/biology. He will also be a member of the Bates Bobcat men’s alpine ski team. He wants to thank the Wattenmaker family again for their generous support and knows he will make the entire Far West Master’s Organization proud.
All Far West Alpine Athletes ages 13-20 are encouraged to apply for the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. Applications are available now at the Far West Skiing website (http://fwskiing.org) and are due Sept 15, 2017 for the 2017-18 ski season.