The Education Foundation was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to PSIA/AASI-W instructors looking to enhance their personal growth and further their careers in snow sports instruction.
The mission of the Foundation is to provide education opportunities for professional ski and snowboard instructors.
In 1992 a Committee was formed to explore the feasibility of starting an education foundation to support and supplement the programs, educational offerings and publications that were offered by PSIA-W. The early organizing committee included Greg Felsch, Blaine Lomen and Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez. The PSIA-W Education Foundation was incorporated in 1993 and accepted as a 501 (c)(3) by the IRS in 1995. The initial goals of the Foundation were to raise money to cover the cost of producing publications, such as the Division newsletter and exam manuals and to offset costs of events for our members for events such as Convention or Fall Rally. One of the early accomplishments of the Foundation was production and distribution of the Master Plan document in the mid-1990s. The Foundation continues to support the mission of PSIA by supporting development of individual members through scholarships and funding education projects.
The Sodergren Fund
In 1997 a tragedy struck two members of the Association. Mike and Miriam (Mim) Sodergren were killed in a landslide in Thredbo, Australia July 30, 1997 after more than 30 back-to-back seasons as ski instructors in Tahoe and Australia. They had served the Division as examiners/clinicians for PSIA-W, regional demonstration team member (Mike), Junior Education Team member (Mim), and co-founders of ski school programs such as the Women’s program at Alpine Meadows (Mim) and the North American Ski Training Center (Mike). At that time some members of the Association, including Chris Fellows, Barclay Moore, and many others ?? helped to set up a Fund to honor the memory of the Sodergrens’. The Sodergren Fund assists full-time instructors who have invested themselves fully in the profession of ski instruction and demonstrate a willingness to ‘give back’ their time, energy and enthusiasm for the sport and the industry. Your support of this foundation is essential for its continued growth.
The Sato scholarship was initiated in honor of Bruce Sato who was killed in a kite boarding accident in June 2006. Bruce was a long-time instructor at Mammoth and Squaw Valley and, as a member of the PSIA National Snowboard Team, a pioneer in the integration of snowboarding under the PSIA umbrella. Sato Scholarships are available to members who are passionate about devel0ping the field of Snowboard instruction.
The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Organization in good standing, Federal ID # 77-0381837. The Foundation is supervised by the Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Contact information for your Education Foundation Board of Directors:
Bryan Schilling, President:
Greg Lyons, Vice-President
Jenn Taylor, Fundraising Coordinator
Artie Castro, Treasurer
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How Scholarships are funded:
Scholarships are funded primarily through donations of our members, participation in the Fall Golf Tournament and the Silent Auction Fundraiser at our Spring Convention.
Interested in creating a new scholarship? Please contact the PSIA/AASI-W office.
Interested in applying for a scholarship? Visit our Scholarship Application page.
General information about the Foundation, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org