OVAS Scholarship

Scholarship Information

Please Note: Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until a completed Student Information Form is received.

Applicants must live in Weber, Davis, Morgan, Box Elder or Cache counties in Northern Utah.

Scholarship Guidelines

The Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports Scholarship is for individuals who demonstrate a financial need and require adaptive equipment or adaptive ski or snowboard techniques in order to participate in snowsports. The individual must be legally blind, deaf, or have a permanent physical or cognitive disability. Simply having a disability or illness alone does not meet the criteria for an Adaptive Sports Scholarship. The Adaptive Sports Scholarship committee will review each application. You must answer all questions on the application to be eligible for a scholarship.

The following is a list of representative disabilities that might qualify for our Adaptive Sports Scholarship:

Blind: Applicants who are legally blind (20/200 in the good eye) to totally blind. Individuals with one good eye are not candidates. Physician diagnosis may be required to qualify.

Amputations: Applicants who have any single or combination of hand, arm, foot, or leg amputations.

Deaf: Applicants who use sign language or lip reading as a primary form of communication and/or who wear two hearing aids and are profoundly deaf (a hearing loss of 35 decibels or more in both ears). Our scholarship is not for individuals who have mild hearing loss. An Audiogram is usually required along with the physicians note.

Cognitive Disabilities: Applicants who have a mental impairment that affects the ability to process information and/or coordinate and control the body, which limits the individual’s ability to navigate the mountain safely and independently (i.e. Autism, Down Syndrome, illnesses or injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury, that result in severe cognitive impairments such as losing the ability to operate a motor vehicle or sustain a job). An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is required for children with cognitive disabilities. Individuals that are on social security disability will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Physical Disabilities: Any individual with a permanent physical disability that requires adaptive equipment or adaptive ski technique. Having a disability or illness alone does not qualify for a scholarship. Individuals that are on social security disability will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Adaptive equipment may include, but is not limited to, mono-skis, bi-skis, outriggers, ski tip clamps, walkers and harnesses.

Scholarship Application

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in our program no matter their financial abilities. Due to the generosity of our donors, Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports has funding available to help clients in financial need who wish to experience snowsports. We strongly encourage participants to pay what they can so scholarship funding can be offered to as many participants as possible. Our lessons are one, two or three hours and include one-on-one instruction, lift ticket and equipment. Non-scholarship rates are $140.00 per three-hour lesson, $95 for a two-hour lesson, and $70.00 for a one-hour lesson. Please provide the following information for review by our scholarship committee. You will be informed within 10 days regarding the status of your application. Applicants must live in Weber, Davis, Morgan, Box Elder or Cache counties in Northern Utah. Applications must be fully completed to be considered.

The Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports program actively fundraises all year long in order to provide scholarship assistance to qualified applicants. Please be honest about the level of assistance you need so we can continue to fill as many scholarship requests as possible.  Scholarship lessons must be arranged at least 48 hours in advance.  Lessons must be cancelled at least 2 hours prior to start times. Please note that if you or your child misses a lesson without prior communication of the absence, it may jeopardize your future lessons.

Karen Bradley, Program Coordinator