Two Mammoth-based nonprofit organizations have created a new scholarship program for student-snowboarders in Mammoth.
Olympic Gold Medalist and Mammoth resident Kelly Clark this past week announced she is throwing her Kelly Clark Foundation energy into the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team programs, and to the Mammoth Unified School District.
The student scholarship award will go toward snowboard team fees and costs of schooling in Mammoth, and is open both to out-of-area athletes and local residents on the team, according to MMCF director Stacy Corless.
“I could not be more excited about teaming up with the MMCF to make an even bigger impact among our local youth,” said Clark.
Applications for the Mammoth Scholar Program are now available online at kellyclarkfoundation.org and mammothfoundation.org.
A committee of representatives from both organizations will make the first round of Mammoth Scholar awards this fall, as well as the snowboard team director.
There are about 70 athletes currently on the Mammoth Snowboard Team. Participants pay fees and competition costs that for elite athletes often exceed $10,000 per year.
“We hope this scholarship encourages more student athletes in Mammoth to join the team,” Corless said.
Clark and the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation will work together to raise funds for the Mammoth Scholar program, and both organizations accept tax-deductible donations to support the scholarship fund.