How Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarships Impact Professional Development

The Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship Program empowers distinguished women in snowsports education by providing opportunities to engage with peers and advance their professional development.

Founded by and named in honor of Nancy Oakes Hall, a former PSIA Alpine Team member and Aspen/Sun Valley instructor who lost a long battle with cancer in April 2018, the program awards three separate scholarships each year to female members of PSIA-AASI who wish to pursue continuing education and growth opportunities in the snowsports industry.

Here, recent recipients share how the NOH Women’s Scholarship helped them and their professional development.

“The NOH Women’s Scholarship has expanded my vision of the impact our snowsports careers can have on our fellow instructors and our customers. I’ve been inspired by my fellow recipients’ stories and have gained connections across the country. My journey and growth, to this point in my career, were validated; while at the same time I’ve become reenergized, motivated, encouraged and influenced to accomplish new goals and help others develop and grow along their path.” - Jennifer Lockwood, PSIA-NW Technical Team Member, Alpine Level III, Children’s Specialist 2, Freestyle 1.

“The NOH scholarship allowed me to attend and receive my Level 1 Freestyle Specialist certification in snowboarding this past season. I've been devoting myself heavily into park riding this last season and a half and getting my Freestyle Specialist credential was a really big deal for me and wasn't something I could have afforded on my own. I felt like I won the lottery because without it, I wouldn't have been able to attend at all. It covered my exam and my travel to get there. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent the lady shredders at this usually male heavy exam, and to allow myself to take my next step in my snowboard teaching career.”– Alyssa Rose Dupuis, Mont Ripley Ski Hill, Snowboard Level I and Freestyle Specialist 1, Central Division. 

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 also gave me the opportunity to access resources that helped me in my next level of development.” – Tera Adams Alpine Level I, Children’s Specialist 2, Eastern Division.

Listen to Tera and other NOH scholarship recipients discuss the impact of their scholarships in this First Chair Podcast. And read their advice for other women instructors.

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