Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in PSIA-E Education Foundation scholarships. The PSIA-E Education Foundation provides support to members in their endeavors to further their education and certification.
The scholarship application period begins when the first events are put on the schedule in mid September through the application deadline.
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: Monday, October 31, 2022, at 11:59pm.

 

  • Scholarships are available to any Eastern Division member in good standing.
  • A member who receives scholarship funds in one year will not be considered for a scholarship in the subsequent year, unless there are demonstrated needs and available funds after all other requests from previous non-recipients have been granted.
  • You need to meet the requirements of the specific fund for which you apply.
  • All scholarship applications are reviewed and awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee.

 


How to apply for the PSIA-AASI Eastern Education Foundation scholarships:

  1. When the schedule is available, choose an event (you’ll need this for the application) and complete the entire scholarship application and submit it online – no later than the scholarship deadline.
  2. Scholarship Application
  3. You will receive an immediate e-mail confirmation to confirm your scholarship application has been received.
  4. The Scholarship Committee will review and evaluate applications.
  5. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by e-mail, usually by mid-December.
  6. You will need to register separately (before the event registration closes) for the event. You should apply well before the event registration closes, and submit full payment if you have not been informed of a scholarship award (i.e. for early season events or events that have limited attendance and may fill up quickly), to ensure your place in the event.
  7. If you are awarded scholarship funds, you will get instructions on how to apply your award to your online event registration. Anyone paying for an event and then awarded a scholarship will be asked to a refund in the amount of the scholarship following attendance at the event. Scholarship awards may be for partial or full event fee of an event.
  8. Please be aware that the number of applications always exceeds the available funding, so not all applicants can be awarded a scholarship.
  9. Applicants who are awarded a scholarship are encouraged to consider sharing pictures from your event on your favorite social media platform with #sharethestoke, #thesnowpros, and #PSIAEast or #AASIEast. Alternatively, consider submitting an article to The SnowPro to share what you learned with your fellow members. Submit the article by e-mail to: karenh@psia-e.org. Articles should be submitted within a month of the scholarship event, if possible. A limited number of scholarship articles will be selected for publication in the SnowPro newsletter.

Following are the different types of scholarships available:

Membership Scholarship

The Membership Scholarship is open to members of all disciplines and certification status. This scholarship can be used for all PSIA-AASI educational and certification events.

Terry Fund Scholarship

The Terry Fund Scholarship is designated for members of all disciplines with at least a Level I certification status who desire to further their education in the area of snowsports instruction for children. This includes all PSIA-AASI educational events that specialize in children’s snowsports education.

James Leader Memorial Scholarship

The James Leader Memorial Scholarship is open to members of all disciplines and certification status who desire to continue their education in snowsports instruction. Applicants must be a member of PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, with first priority given to employees of the Killington Snowsports School. Second priority will be given to members from Vermont, and the remainder available to all members of PSIA-AASI Eastern Division. The James Leader Memorial Scholarship no longer has a separate application form and requirements.

CE Burbridge Memorial Scholarship

The CE Burbridge Memorial Scholarship is open to members of all disciplines and certification status who desire to further their education in adaptive snowsports instruction. This includes all PSIA-AASI educational events that specialize in adaptive snowsports. The fund supports both the subsidy of Adaptive consulting programs and $500 in individual scholarships each season.

PSIA-AASI Eastern Region Field Staff Employee Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any member of the Board of Examiners, or the Development Team. This scholarship is designed to help individuals in these groups to expand their knowledge and skills beyond regular training sessions, or to gain expertise in another discipline/specialty. This scholarship allows members of these groups to serve and educate PSIA-AASI Eastern Division members more effectively.

William Hetrick Editorial Scholarship

The William Hetrick Editorial Scholarship was created in June of 2011 to provide a long-term legacy for Bill Hetrick and recognize his passion for both snowsports and writing about snowsports and the mountain experience. It will be an annual program that awards education “dollars” that recipients may use to register for PSIA-AASI education events. The scholarships are awarded to contributors to the SnowPro as well as those who provide time and talent to educational writing projects such as manual updates and online course development.

Russell Fleming Memorial Scholarship for Racial Diversity in Snowsports Education

At the 2019 Pro Jam Banquet, the creation of the Russell Fleming Memorial Scholarship to Support Diversity in Snowsports Education was announced. This was a cause promoted by Russell for many years before his untimely death in the spring of 2019. Five scholarships are available to members of color to attend professional development events or exams in the Eastern Division.

James K. Kapp Telemark Scholarship Fund

Longtime Member James Kapp was a fixture are Seven Springs, PA for more than 30 years and was an accomplished PSIA-AASI member. In the spring of 2021, the Eastern Board officially recognized and affirmed the request by the estate of James Kapp to set up the James K. Kapp Telemark Scholarship Fund. The fund will begin awarding money to members for Telemark educational events and exams in the 2021-22 winter season and by doing so, keep the name and legacy of James Kapp alive for years to come!

Promising Snow Pro Scholarship Fund

The Promising Snow Pro Scholarship Fund was developed to help Snowsports Directors to support the development of their staff members who demonstrate the skills and aptitude for a promising future in snowsports. The scholarship provides awards for instructors to participate in Level I exams, each year. * Promising Snowsports Instructors must be nominated by their Snowsports Director; nominations from other staff will not be accepted.

Snowsports School Directors can submit a Promising Snow Pro nomination here.

Thank you for your interest in continuing your snowsports education, and good luck!