The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college academic expenses. This year marks the 10th scholarship that has been given out to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must be a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and be accepted to an accredited University, Junior College, or vocational school for the coming fall. Each applicant is evaluated in depth, including input from the applicants’ coaches, teachers, and peers to get a sense of the character of each applicant. The Wattenmaker family is proud to be a member of this community and love being part of the Masters scholarship program to help ease the financial burden for the wonderful young adults who are in pursuit of a college education.
Jeff Wattenmaker initiated his namesake scholarship prior to his death from Melanoma in 2010. Jeff was very impressed with the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. He loved ski racing and passed on his love of the mountains to his children Owen and Gwen. Jeff generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a University education to members of the Program.
The recipient of the award this year is Sarah Sophia Hudson. She grew up in Olympic Valley (Squaw Valley) and is a senior at Sugar Bowl Academy, where she has ski raced the past four years. Students at SBA prepare a senior project and give an oral presentation to the community. Her project is on “How Consumer Choice and International Trade Impact Coffee Producers”. Sarah is excited to be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall, where she will be living in the dorms, and 1 block from the beach! She looks forward to experiencing a big city and vibrant community in contrast to her humble small town rural upbringing in the North Tahoe area. Sarah's area of interest is in the humanities, but is excited to take a wide variety of classes and is open to many career paths opportunities.