The Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF) is a nonprofit organization that provides need and merit based scholarships to individual athletes. CBSF provides grants to partner programs in all disciplines of snow sports, including, but not limited to, Nordic, Alpine, Telemark and Snowboarding.
The Foundation offers several different scholarships, each with their own specific guidelines. The Scholarship Review Committee, which is made up of at least one board member and one community member, is in place to review the applications and make decisions based on the guidelines.
Contrary to popular belief, the Snowsports Foundation and the Mountain Sports Team are separate entities. The Mountain Sports Team is a partner program of the Foundation, just like the Gunnison and Crested Butte Nordic Teams, as well as others. The Mountain Sports Team and other partner programs run their own programming, while the Snowsports Foundation is the fundraising arm that supports each of these entities with scholarships and/or grant funding.
You can find links to each scholarship application at http://www.crestedbuttesnowsports.org/scholarships/. Please make sure to note the open application period for each scholarship, as they are not year around. Each application has a specific set of directions available at the top of the application, so make sure to follow directions and attach all requested documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email (approximately one week after the deadline) notifying you that the application has been received. If you do not receive an email, please reach out to Kate King at kate@cbsnowsports.org or (970) 349-2830 to confirm receipt.
The Foundation is proud to make the green jackets available to athletes and coaches on their partner program teams. A special thank you to all of the jacket sponsors, because of them, CBSF is able to offer these special jackets to athletes at a very low cost.
At this time, CBSF is the fundraising arm for its partner programs. Each individual team makes decisions about coaching, scheduling, etc., and the Foundation supports their programming financially.
Yes. In order to ensure that all funds distributed by CBSF make a direct impact on the Foundation’s mission and goals, the Foundation only awards grants to approved programs. Programs requesting funding are required to submit an application to CBSF by November 1, 2017, confirming that it meets the Foundation’s guidelines.
Yes, CBSF only gives grants and scholarships to organizations and athletes in Gunnison and Crested Butte, and more specifically, the individual athletes must train in the Valley, no matter the discipline.
No, CBSF gives scholarships to athletes that train independently, as long as they are training in Gunnison or Crested Butte.
The Snowsports Foundation believes that all athletes should have the opportunity to experience snow sports, both recreationally and competitively, therefore CBSF supports athletes at all levels of snow sports.