US Ski and Snowboard

Westminster and US Ski and Snowboard

Welcome to Westminster College: home to over 65 US Ski and Snowboard team members. Westminster is the Official Partner—Traditional College for US Ski and Snowboard through a special tuition-grant program that covers the cost of tuition for many national A–C team athletes. The college offers 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, and 12 graduate degree programs, and is located just minutes away from world-class training facilities like US SKi and Snowboard's Center of Excellence and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

Did you know that Westminster had 23 students compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi? Our students comprised 10 percent of Team USA—more than any other college in the country. Westminster also had 14 students compete in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Our US Ski and Snowboard student-athletes not only excel on the slopes as world champions and Olympians, but they also succeed in the classroom—and have an average GPA of 3.6 to prove it. Our dedicated faculty work closely with these student-athletes to accommodate their rigorous training and competition schedules by enabling them to better balance their challenging course load. This personalized attention—coupled with the college's excellent academic reputation—is what makes Westminster a premier choice for the US Ski and Snowboard team members.

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Meet Dylan Ferguson

  • In 2013, ranked second in the aerials World Cup standings in Bukovel, Ukraine.
  • In 2012, ranked second in the aerials at Deer Valley, UT; first career World Cup podium

Meet Keely Kelleher

  • 8 years on the U.S. Ski Team winning the 2010 World Cup National Super G title
  • Two-time Big Mountain Skier X winner

Westminster College, in partnership with US Ski and Snowboard, is pleased to offer a special tuition-grant program to current national team athletes (A-C teams) and qualifying US Ski Team alums. Westminster recognizes that achieving academic success can play an important role for world-class athletes, which is why the college has become the Official Partner—Traditional College for US Ski and Snowboard.

All US Ski and Snowboard athletes must complete one year of team membership before being eligible for the tuition grant program, which can potentially cover the costs of all tuition. We invite all current A, B, and C team members to apply; however, applicants must meet Westminster's standards for admission. U.S. Ski Team alums are also eligible to participate in the tuition-grant program provided they began their education at Westminster before they retired from the U.S. Ski Team.

Westminster College's academic calendar is based on semesters, so athletes can apply for the May, summer, fall, and spring semesters. It is important to apply early since there are a limited number of tuition credits available each year.

Westminster is Utah's only private, independent college, located in Salt Lake City, only 30 minutes from Park City and their world-class resorts and training facilities. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment.

Westminster College is nationally ranked:

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster College in the top tier of colleges and universities in the West, and as a “Best Value” school.
  • The Princeton Review's “Best 382 Colleges” (2018 edition) ranks Westminster as a “Best Western” college and ranked #16 in the nation for “Best Science Lab Facilities.”
  • The Princeton Review’s 2018 “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” highlights Westminster for its sustainability efforts.
  • Sierra Magazine listed Westminster as a 2018 “Cool School” for its commitment to environmentalism.

More than 140 USSA student-athletes have taken advantage of this tuition-grant program, which is only available at Westminster College. Grants will be awarded to athletes based on criteria including their team ranking, grade point average (GPA), high school or college class standings, and availability of grant tuition credits.

Admission Criteria

  • Current A, B, and C team athletes need to apply—and be accepted—to Westminster College, according to the college’s general admission requirements.
  • US Ski Team alums who participated in the Westminster tuition-grant program while they were active US Ski Team members are eligible to continue their studies under the grant program.
  • Tuition grants are awarded by the following criteria:
    • Current team randing (A → B → C → former Westminster/US Ski Team athletes)
    • Current high school GPA or college GPA
    • Current high school or college class standings
    • Tuition grant availability per semester, based on grant availability, team ranking, progress towards degree, and alum/active-athlete standing.
  • If an athlete is expelled or eliminated from the US Ski Team, the tuition credit will be retracted at the end of that particular semester.

What does the Tuition Grant Cover?

The tuition-grant program will cover the full cost of tuition related to their studies, for up to 16 credits per semester for undergraduate students (for more information on graduate programs, please contact your US Ski and Snowboard representative and/or James Kendall at jkendall@westminstercollege.edu).

Students will be individually responsible to pay for:

  • The application fee
  • Tuition deposit
  • Student fees (activity fee, technology fee, health and wellness fee, etc.)
  • Lab and/or workshop fees
  • Room and board, if desired
  • Books or materials required for class
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel costs if required as a part of a course (i.e. May Term courses)
  • Flight training costs, if enrolled in Westminster's Aviation program.

Application Deadlines

Students should submit their application according to the following deadlines:

Spring 2018
Deadline for completed application: November 17, 2017

May/Summer 2018
Deadline for completed application: March 23, 2018

Fall 2018
Deadline for completed application: July 7, 2018

Contact James Kendall, jkendall@westminstercollege.edu, for more information.

To apply to Westminster College, please complete the Westminster College undergraduate or graduateapplication along with the tuition grant application.

Please mail all materials and official transcripts to:

James Kendall
Westminster College
Director, START Center
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Phone: 801.832.2281
Fax: 801.832.3118
Email: jkendall@westminstercollege.edu

Mail a copy of the Westminster College/US Ski and Snowboard Tuition Grant application to:

United States Ski and Snowboard Association
Attn: Julie Glusker
Box 100 - 1 Victory Lane
Park City, Utah 84060

Phone: 435.714.8581
Fax: 435.940.2825
Cell Phone: 435.714.2970
Email: jglusker@ussa.org

The Agreement

  • The agreement has been in place for 12 years (since 2005). The current contract is set to expire July 31, 2018.
  • Once an athlete is named to the US Ski or Snowboard teams (A–C Teams), the college will provide available tuition grant money that covers the cost of tuition, excluding fees, toward either an undergraduate or graduate degree. To qualify, the athlete must be enrolled in at least one class while on the team. There is a two-year time limit imposed on the athlete to complete their degree after they retire.
  • Westminster will contribute up to 600 credit hours per academic year.
  • In exchange, US Ski and Snowboard will provide Westminster with marketing and media exposure.

Benefits to USSA and US Ski and Snowboard Team Athletes

  • World–class athletes do not have to choose between competing and their education.
  • Since fall 2005, 143 athletes have enrolled at Westminster. Over the past 11 years, Westminster’s contribution to US Ski and Snowboard has totaled $5,958.797.30.
  • 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.
  • Westminster will receive media and marketing exposure as a result of its partnership with US Ski and Snowboard.
  • The college proudly cheered on 23 student-athletes who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Italy and welcomed home four medalists: two gold, one silver, and one bronze; graduates and alums won an additional four medals. If Westminster was its own country, the college would have placed 12th overall in the medals count.

The Athletes

  • Westminster currently has 58 athletes and alums taking classes in the 2017–2018 academic year. The average GPA for all Westminster-U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team students is 3.6.

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Westminster College congratulates its 23 students who competed in Russia for the 2014 Winter Games—10% of the US team! The college had more students in the Games than any other traditional college or university in the country. Griffins everywhere are incredibly proud of the four students—and three former* students—who made it to the medals podium:

  • Maddie Bowman: Gold in ski halfpipe
  • Joss Christensen: Gold in ski slopestyle
  • Alex Deibold: Bronze in snowboardcross
  • Devin Logan: Silver in ski slopestyle
  • Kaitlyn Farrington*: Gold in snowboard halfpipe
  • Jonathan Midol*: Bronze (France) skicross
  • Vic Wild*: Gold (Russia) in snowboard giant slalom

"Westminster's an awesome program. I'm super appreciative that they've given me this opportunity. It's probably the best sponsorship that I'll ever get in my entire life," said bronze medal winner, Alex Deibold.

Westminster College cheered on its 14 students who were named to the Winter Olympic Team in 2010. From snowboarding to freestyle skiing, athletes competed for the gold in Vancouver during the winter games.

One student, Bryon Wilson, brought home a bronze medal for his performance in men's moguls.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have 14 students named to this year's team," said Safia Keller, Westminster's US Ski and Snowboard tuition-grant program liaison. "For a college that boasts just over 3,000 students, it's quite an achievement to have so many phenomenal athletes here."

Westminster students comprised one-third of the 18-member 2010 US Olympic Freestyle Ski team, including:

Westminster students named to the 2010 US Olympic Cross Country team:

Westminster student named to the 2010 US Olympic Snowboarding team (men):

Westminster student named to the 2010 US Olympic Skeleton team (men):

Westminster students named to the 2010 US Olympic Alpine Ski team (women):

"Because of the close proximity to the mountains and world-class training facilities, Westminster is the ideal institution for these athletes to pursue their education," added Keller. "Our faculty and staff understand the dedication it takes to compete at their level and they work closely with these students to help them balance their tough schedules."

*Named to the team, but did not compete due to illness.