USSA-Westminster Fast Facts
Westminster College and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Partnership
- The agreement has been in place for 11 years (since 2005). The current contract is set to expire July 31, 2018, .
- Once an athlete is named to the U.S. Ski or Snowboard Teams (A-C Teams), the college will provide avaiable tuition grant money that covers the cost of tuition, excluding fees, towards either an undergraduate or graduate degree. To qualify they must be enrolled in at least one class while on the team. There is a 2-year time limit imposed on the athlete to complete their degree after they retire.
- Westminster will contribute up to $724,800 per academic year.
- In exchange, USSA will provide Westminster with marketing and media exposure.
Benefits to USSA & U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Athletes
- World–class athletes do not have to choose between competing and their education.
- Since fall 2005, 140 athletes have enrolled for a total of 6,269 credit hours. Over the past eleven years, Westminster’s contribution to USSA has totaled $5,996,065.
- Last academic year, we contributed $724,800 in tuition benefits.
Benefits to Westminster
- Having world-class athletes interacting with other Westminster students, inside and outside the classroom, adds a special vitality to our educational environment.
- We look forward to the media and marketing exposure Westminster will receive as a result of our partnership with USSA.
- We had 23 student athletes compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Current students won 2 Gold’s, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze medal. Graduates and alumni won an additional 4 medals. If we were a country we would have placed 12th overall in the medals count.
- We currently have 35 athletes and alumni taking 705 credits in the 2015-2016 academic year. The average GPA for all Westminster-U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team students is 3.55.
- 24 athletes have graduated from Westminster so far and 14 athletes have transferred to another college or university. There are another 4 athletes on track to graduate in 2016.