PSIA-AASI Announces Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship

Thanks to the educational commitment and vision of former PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team member Nancy Oakes Hall, female members of PSIA-AASI who wish to follow in her bootsteps in the snowsports industry will have some extra support thanks to the newly created Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship program. Founded by Oakes Hall and developed in conjunction with PSIA-AASI, the scholarship program empowers distinguished women in snowsports education by providing opportunities to engage with peers and advance their professional development.

“PSIA-AASI is fortunate to receive Nancy’s contribution, which will help support women by expanding their education and leadership opportunities in the snowsports industry,” said Nicholas Herrin, PSIA-AASI CEO. “One of our goals as an organization is to be a community of educators that positively influences others. I see the Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship as an opportunity to grow our community and help shape our future leaders.”

Oakes Hall was born and raised in Aspen, where she grew up ski racing with the Aspen Valley Ski Club. She started coaching and later turned to instructing, spending time in both Aspen, Colorado, and Sun Valley, Idaho. Oakes Hall was a member of the PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team (now the PSIA Alpine Team) from 1992 to 1996.

“Nancy had the idea of the scholarship as a way to give back to her community and empower women,” said Carol Levine, former PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team member (1980-88), Oakes Hall’s longtime friend, and member of the scholarship selection committee. “Through her own experience, Nancy recognized and appreciated the support one gains from working with like-minded women – and she wanted to pay that opportunity forward to others. Ultimately, she wanted to get more women involved with the Team and in leadership roles.”

Oakes Hall took a hiatus from instructing when she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband Jay Hall. While in Michigan, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design and began teaching art. In 2011, Oakes Hall returned to the Aspen Ski and Snowboard School as a part-time ski instructor, where she continued to develop new educational content to help others learn to ski and progress to higher skill levels. She passed away from cancer in April 2018.

Program Funds Three Separate Scholarships
The scholarship fund honors Oakes Hall’s legacy by awarding three separate scholarships each year to female members of PSIA-AASI who wish to pursue continuing education and growth opportunities in the snowsports industry. One scholarship covers attendance at PSIA-AASI’s National Academy, another covers attendance at the Women’s Summit, and a third scholarship option helps offset expenses related to preparing for and achieving a Level I, II, or III certification or specialist credential.

Aleisha Padilla Seubert, PSIA-AASI education development specialist and a member of the scholarship selection committee, said the scholarships will be awarded to female members who’ve demonstrated a commitment to enhance their teaching, skiing or snowboarding, and service skills and want to pursue leadership roles within PSIA-AASI and/or the snowsports industry.

Any female member of PSIA-AASI who is dedicated to growing professionally is encouraged to apply. Levine adds that the selected recipients should demonstrate Oakes Hall’s qualities of a commitment to personal excellence in teaching and skiing (or snowboarding), humility, genuine regard for other instructors’ growth, and a strong desire to “pay it forward.”

Scholarship Funding
When National Academy and Women’s Summit scholarships are awarded, the entire event registration fee is covered, along with travel expenses up to $500. The Certification/Specialist scholarship covers some or all prep clinic and exam fees, along with travel expenses up to $500.

Applicant Criteria
Each applicant must be a current female member of PSIA-AASI.

Application Process
Application materials must be submitted through the Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship form
accessed here. Within this form, you will be responsible for uploading the following:

  • A letter of intent that explains your interest in the scholarship opportunity. 
  • Why you want to attend your requested event.
  • Any additional information you feel the Review Committee should know about you and your background in snowsports instruction, such as education pursuits and/or accomplishments, current career accomplishments, and additional professional goals. If applying for the certification/specialist track, provide details on the specific clinics/events and/or exam you wish to attend and how you believe they will benefit your professional development and goal of achieving the certification or specialist credential you seek.   
  • A professional resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from your current supervisor or ski/ride school management team.

Application Deadlines
Applications are due

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018, for the Women’s Summit – scheduled for January 15-17, 2019, at Colorado’s Steamboat Resort. The scholarship will be awarded by the end of December.
  • Friday, February 15, 2019, for National Academy 2019 – scheduled for April 14-19, 2019, at Montana’s Big Sky Resort. The scholarship will be awarded by the end of February.
  • Friday, February 15, 2019, for a specific certification/specialist track. The scholarship will be awarded by the end of February.

Please note that for the 2019-20 season, all deadlines for scholarship applications will be due November 1, 2019.

For more information about the Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship, visit

First photo: Action shot of Nancy Oakes. Photo by Scott Markewitz.
Second photo: Carol Levine (left) and Nancy Oakes Hall (right) at National Academy 2017. Photo by Grant Nakamura.
Third photo: PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team, circa 1995.
Fourth photo: Friends gathered in Aspen on September 22, 2018, for a Celebration of Life in honor of Nancy Oakes Hall. Top row left to right: Nicholas Herrin, Bonnie Westmore, Joe Webster, Dee Byrne, Greg Moss, Mike Porter, Josh Fogg; bottom row, left to right: Andy Docken, Katie Ertl, Carol Levine.

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