Vail Resorts scholarship to support minority students
A new scholarship, sponsored by Vail Resorts, Inc., will support minority high school graduates who want to study ski area operations at Colorado Mountain College. The scholarship provides $10,000 per year for tuition, books, fees, and room and board for one ski area operations student at the CMC-Timberline Campus in Leadville.
The purpose of the Vail Resorts, Inc. Ski Area Operations Diversity Scholarship is to provide minority high school graduates the opportunity to secure the technical and management education needed to pursue careers in the snow sports industry, by earning an associate of applied science degree in ski area operations.
Successful applicants must document earning a GED, or a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0. They must intend to enroll full time (12 or more credit hours) in CMC’s ski area operations degree program. Applicants must live in Eagle, Lake or Summit counties.
The recipient of the scholarship must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Academic achievement will be monitored throughout the year. Any variation from requirements will result in the loss of scholarship funds.
Paid work experience is a part of the ski area operations program, and the student may complete this requirement working at one of the four Vail Resorts mountain resorts in Colorado. After earning their associate of applied science degree in ski area operations, the graduate may be offered a position at one of the four Vail Resorts ski areas in Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone. Placement will be based on a combination of factors, including the graduate’s specific skill set, staffing needs of Vail Resorts, housing availability and the graduate’s preferred work location.
The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on a completed application, letter of recommendation and personal interview. A selection committee composed of CMC’s ski area operations faculty members and representatives from Vail Resorts, Inc. will conduct the interview and make final decisions on the recipient.
Applications must be received no later than June 16. Application forms and scholarship information may be obtained from the office of financial aid at any of the seven CMC campuses or the CMC Foundation office in Glenwood Springs at (970) 947-8355
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