Westminster/U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)

Welcome to Westminster College: Home to nearly 100 U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, and Freeskiing Team members. Westminster is the " Official Partner--Traditional College" for USSA through a specia tuition grant program. The college offers more than 42 undergraduate and 14 graduate degree programs and is located just minutes away from world-class training facilities, like USSA’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% of Team USA, more than any other college in the country! Westminster also had 14 students compete in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Our USSA 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 3.5 to prove it! Our amazing faculty work closely with these student-athletes to try to accommodate their rigorous training and competition schedules,and enable 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 U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, Freestyle and Freeskiing Team members.

Meet Maddie Bowman

Meet Faye Gulini & Jackie Hernandez

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 the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, is pleased to support the Westminster College/USSA Tuition Grant program. We recognize that achieving academic success can play an important role for world-class athletes, such as yourself. To help you fulfill your educational aspirations while you continue to train and compete, Westminster College has become theOfficial Partner of Higher Education to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. In this capacity, Westminster offers current national team athletes (A - C Teams) and qualifying U.S. Ski Team alumni the opportunity to apply for the Westminster College/USSA Grant program, which could potentially cover your total tuition costs!

Westminster College is located in Salt Lake City, only 30 minutes from Park City and their world-class resorts and training facilities. As Utah's only private, comprehensive liberal arts school, Westminster College prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal arts education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Westminster College is nationally ranked:

  • US News and World Report consistently ranks Westminster College in the top tier of colleges and universities in the West, and as a 'best value.'
  • The Princeton Review's “Best 378 Colleges” (2014 edition) ranks Westminster as a top college.
  • The Princeton Review’s 2013 “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” includes Westminster for its sustainability efforts.

All current A, B and C national team members are eligible to apply for the Westminster College/USSA Tuition Grant program; however, you must meet Westminster's standards for admission. U.S. Ski Team alumni are also eligible to participate in the tuition grant program provided that they began their education at Westminster before they retired from the U.S. Ski Team.

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.

Westminster College's academic calendar is based on semesters, so we invite you to apply for the May, summer, fall, and spring semesters immediately. Since there are a limited number of tuition credits available, we recommend applying for this program soon.

Tuition Grant Requirements

We encourage all members of the US Ski and Snowboard Teams (A - C Teams) to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to pursue your college education while you continue to train and compete. Tuition grants are available for all A, B, and C team athletes and to qualifying U.S. Ski Team alumni who are recommended and approved through USSA and the Westminster College START Center. 

Admission Criteria

  • Current A, B, and C team athletes need to apply to and be accepted to Westminster College, according to the college’s general admission requirements.

  • U.S. Ski Team alumni who participated in the Westminster tuition grant program while they were active U.S. Ski Team members are eligible to continue their studies under the grant program.

  • Tuition grants are awarded by the following criteria:

    • Current team ranking (A → B → C → Former Westminster/U.S. 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 alumni/active athlete standing.

  • If an athlete is expelled or is eliminated from the U.S. Ski Team, the tuition credit will be retracted at the end of that particular semester.

What does the Tuition Grant Cover?

The Westminster 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 USSA representative and/or Deb Vickery at

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 classes

  • 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:

Fall 2016
Deadline for completed Application: Friday, July 8, 2016
Fall Semester Class Dates: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - Friday, December 16, 2016

Spring 2017
Deadline for completed Application: Friday, November 18, 2016
Spring Semester Class Dates: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Friday, May 5, 2017

May/Summer 2017
Deadline for completed Application: Friday, March 24, 2017
May/Summer Semester: Classes begin as early as Monday, May 15, 2017.

Contact Deb Vickery,, for more information.

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

Please mail all materials and official transcripts to:

Deb Vickery
Westminster College
Director, START Center
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Phone: 801.832.2284
Fax: 801.832.3118

Mail a copy of the Westmintser College/USSA 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

The Agreement

  • 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.

The Athletes

  • 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.

2014 Olympians

Maddie Bowman
Joss Christensen
Alexander Deibold
Jessie Diggins
Bryan Fletcher
Taylor Fletcher
Julia Ford
Travis Ganong
Jared Goldberg
Faye Gulini
Jacqueline Hernandez
Lindsey Jacobellis
Jessika Jenson
Jessica Jerome
Torin Koos
Devin Logan
Megan McJames
Heather McPhie
Eliza Outtrim
Brita Sigourney