Nancy worked hard to achieve her goals. Her motto was she wanted to be the best version of herself. Nancy ski raced in her youth and later taught skiing, designed ski wear, and created exceptional art. Through her many accomplishments she developed a desire to create a women’s scholarship to “pay it forward” in the ways her mentors and friends helped her. She also had a vision – to see more women involved in education and leadership roles in PSIA-AASI.

Nancy created this scholarship program to help women access opportunities for meaningful learning, mentorship, networking, and inspiration. The program awards three separate types of scholarships each year: Certification or Specialist TrackWomen’s Summit, or National Academy.

Sadly, in 2018 Nancy passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. The Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship continues her legacy. Learn more about Nancy by reading her profile in 32 Degrees.

How to Apply

  1. Review scholarships and select one that supports your professional goals.
  2. Review the application criteria and eligibility.
  3. Review the application materials you need to submit.
  4. Submit your application and materials for the scholarship by, or before, midnight Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 Mountain Time. Late applications or applications missing materials will not be considered.
Nancy Oakes Hall skis

Scholarships Available

Certification or Specialist Track
About: This scholarship offsets expenses related to preparing for and participating in an exam, clinic, or workshop. Some or all event fees and travel expenses will be covered for a total reimbursement of $300 to $700.
Must Haves: A Level I, II, or III certification + application materials.
Cover Letter Information: Explain why you are applying for this scholarship. Be specific about how the event(s) you plan to attend relate to your professional development. Also consider how attending these events will help you influence instructors or improve your guests’ experiences. Include information about your background and goals.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 (Midnight Mountain Time)
Scholarships Announced: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020
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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 certification + application materials.
Cover Letter Information: Explain why are you applying for this scholarship. Be specific about how attending the Women’s Summit relates to your professional development. Consider how your participation in this event will help you influence instructors or improve your guests’ experiences. Include information about your background and goals.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 22, 2020 (Midnight Mountain Time)
Scholarships Announced: Friday, Jan. 22, 2021
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National Academy
About: This scholarship covers National Academy event registration, lodging, lift tickets, and up to $500 travel expenses.
Must Haves: A Level II or III certification + application materials.
Cover Letter Information: Explain why are you applying for this scholarship. Be specific about how attending National Academy relates to your professional development. Consider how your participation in this event will help you influence instructors or improve your guests’ experiences. Include information about your background and goals.
Deadline to Apply: Friday, Nov. 22, 2020 (Midnight Mountain Time)
Scholarships Announced: Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 
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Snowboarders at the 2020 Women's Summit ride Snowbird

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

Applicant Criteria and Eligibility 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a current female member of PSIA-AASI.
  2. Embody Nancy’s qualities – kindness, humility, curiosity, tenacity, and a commitment to personal excellence in your chosen snowsports discipline (alpine, snowboard, cross country, adaptive, or telemark).
  3. Aspire to influence and help their peers through education and mentorship.
  4. Certification or Specialist Track applicants – Must have their Level I certification (in adaptive, alpine, cross country, snowboard, or telemark).
  5. National Academy and Women’s Summit Scholarships Applicants – Must have their Level II certification (in adaptive, alpine, cross country, snowboard, or telemark).

Scholarship recipients may apply for a second scholarship after waiting one season from the time they fulfill their scholarship. (You can’t receive the scholarship two years in a row.)

The Nancy Oakes Hall Women's Scholarship Committee skis and snowboards with scholarship recipients

Application Materials  

Applicants must submit and upload all items for each scholarship:

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarship and Nancy’s qualities that you value. Each of the three scholarship programs has separate criteria for the cover letter, please read the information requested for the cover letter in your chosen scholarship.
  2. A resume that includes relevant education and experience. You can include experiences or courses that do not have an obvious connection to your work or goals but reflect the applicant criteria.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One from your current supervisor or snowsports management team. It takes time to write a meaningful recommendation, so give your referral adequate time.

Give a Gift

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

Give a Gift Now

To give a gift 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 gift is for the Nancy Oakes Hall Women’s Scholarship.

Watch this video to learn more about Nancy and her vision.  Video courtesy of the Nancy Oakes Hall Foundation. Video credit: Chris Macdonald, FuseMedia.