AWOF supports future Olympians [Scholarship]

October 11, 2012

Scholarship

Help spread the word. The 2012-2013 Alaska Winter Olympians Fund scholarship grant application period is open until Oct. 30.

Here is the press release:

Alaska consistently produces highly competitive winter Olympic athletes. From Alison Owen in 1972 to Kikkan Randall today, Alaskans are proud of the accomplishments of their athletes. Athletes who reach this level of international competition not only have to dedicate themselves to years of hard training and discipline, but also expend tremendous amounts of money for expensive gear, travel, and entry fees. The high costs of reaching the Winter Olympics are often born by individual athletes. In 2003, a group of former and current Alaskan winter Olympians including biathlete Rachel Steer, snowboarder Rosey Fletcher, and nordic skiers Kikkan Randall, Lars Flora, and Nina Kemmpel joined with others to create the Alaska Winter Olympian Fund to support Alaskan athletes with Olympic aspirations.

Today, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) offers yearly scholarships for this purpose through the Alaska Winter Olympians Scholarship Program. This Scholarship Program was established to assist current and potential Alaskan Winter Olympians with the high costs of preparing for Olympic competition. Scholarships will be awarded to Alaskan residents who show regional, national or international promise in Olympic winter sports and who also have financial need. ACF is accepting scholarship applications from current and potential Alaskan Winter Olympians until October 30, 2012.

Holly Brooks, Olympic nordic skier from Anchorage, illustrates just how important financial assistance is for Alaskan Olympians. “Ski racing is an expensive endeavor; there is no question about it! Financial assistance, particularly in the form of grants and scholarships, are absolutely crucial to getting Alaskan athletes to international competitions and races.” Brooks and her teammate Sadie Bjornsen were the first beneficiaries of the Alaska Winter Olympians Fund.

Scholarships are granted once a year and are overseen by an advisory committee consisting of several former Alaskan Winter Olympians, as well as other supporters of winter Olympic sports. The application cycle is open now until October 30, 2012. The number and size of grant awards will be determined once all applications are received.

Applications are available online through the ACF website. Athletes interested in more information or to apply for the Scholarship Program can do so by visiting ACF online at www.alaskacf.org or by calling (907) 334-6700.