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Names In The Game

March 11, 2005

The San Francisco Chronicle

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Westminster College, a private liberal arts school nestled at the base of Utah's Wasatch range, has a partnership with U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams to become its official education provider.

Members of the winter sports teams could apply to Westminster and based on their team ranking, GPA, high school and college standing and availability get one of about 10 tuition grants to attend the school, where tuition runs about $18,482 a year.

The athletes probably would take classes during the school's one-month May session, summer and fall terms so they can train and compete in the winter and spring, school spokeswoman Helen Langan said Thursday.

Westminster is planning for 10 full-time spots for athletes this year with hopes that will reach 30 scholarships within four years, Langan said.

The agreement will last through the 2009 school year.

``This partnership also will help the families of our athletes, who are looking to invest in their athletic careers and ultimately in their lives, know that they are getting a college education as well as world class Olympic training,'' said Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

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