Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship

This scholarship program provides access to education to empower PSIA-AASI female members to advance their professional development and pursue more leadership opportunities in the snowsports industry. Founded by and named in honor of Nancy Oakes Hall (1957-2018), a former PSIA Alpine Team member (1992-96) and Aspen/Sun Valley instructor, the program awards three separate scholarships each year for a Certification Track, Women’s Summit, or National Academy.

How to Apply

  1. Review scholarships and select which one(s) to apply for.
  2. Review all the application criteria that must be met.
  3. Review the materials you need to create and submit for each scholarship.
  4. Submit your application and materials for each scholarship by, or before, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
  5. The deadline to submit for all three scholarships is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

Scholarships Available

Certification Track
About: This scholarship offsets expenses for preparing for and participating in a Level II or III certification exam or Level 1 or 2 specialist credential exam. Some or all prep clinic and exam fees, and travel expenses up to $250 will be covered, up to a total reimbursement of $500.
Must Haves: A Level I, II, or III credential + application criteria + materials.  
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Scholarships Announced: Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
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Women’s Summit
About: This scholarship covers Women’s Summit event registration, lodging, and up to $500 travel expenses.
Must Haves: A Level II or III credential + application criteria + materials.   
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Scholarships Announced: Friday, Jan. 10, 2020   
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National Academy
About: This scholarship covers National Academy event registration, lodging, and up to $500 travel expenses.
Must Haves: A Level II or III credential + application criteria + materials.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Scholarships Announced: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020   
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Learn More About Nancy Oakes Hall

Learn More About Scholarship Recipients

The scholarship connected me to a network of women in the industry and allowed me to attend a national event that helped me understand what the membership as a larger group looks like. It gave me the opportunity to access resources that helped me in my next level of development.” – Tera Adams

“The NOH Women's Scholarship provided me with an opportunity to receive impactful training at National Academy. I will forever be grateful for the meaningful time I had on snow with incredible mentors, current colleagues and new acquaintances.” –  Keri Reid

“The NOH women’s scholarship was helpful in the obvious financial sense, but also in knowing that there is a community of women around the country who have similar goals and drive and the relationship between myself and my fellow women kept me inspired.” – Kelli Burstein

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Applicant Criteria  

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current female member of PSIA-AASI. 
  2. Embody qualities of Oakes Hall – a commitment to personal excellence in teaching skiing or snowboarding, humility, genuine regard for other instructors’ growth, and a strong desire to “pay it forward.”
  3. Influence their peers through inspirational education and mentorship.
  4. Demonstrate leadership qualities in PSIA-AASI and/or the overall snowsports industry.
  5. Certification Track applicants - Must have their Level I certification (in adaptive, alpine, cross country, snowboard, or telemark).
  6. National Academy and Women’s Summit Scholarships Applicants - Must have their Level II certification (in adaptive, alpine, cross country, snowboard, or telemark).

Application Materials  

Applicants must submit and upload all items for each scholarship: 

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship. Include why you’re applying for the specific scholarship. Include additional information the Review Committee should know about you and your background in snowsports instruction that meet the application criteria, as well as your education pursuits and/or accomplishments, current career accomplishments, and additional professional goals. If you’re interested in the certification/specialist track, provide details on the specific clinics/events and/or exam you wish to attend and how attending them supports your professional development and certification or specialist credential goal.  
  2. A professional resume that includes relevant education and experience.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One from your current supervisor or ski/ride school management team.

Donate  

Empower women in snowsports with education opportunities for professional development, and honor Nancy Oakes Hall by donating online, or learn more about PSIA-AASI’s Education Foundation.

Donate

To donate by mail, please send a check or money order made out to the PSIA-AASI Education Foundation to: 133 S. Van Gordon St. Suite 200 Lakewood, CO 80228. Please indicate your donation is for the Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship.