TAHOE, Calif. — The Far West Masters Scholarship Program has awarded Nicolette Caravelli the 2012 Jeff Wattenmaker $10,000 scholarship. Jeff Wattenmaker was an avid Masters ski racer who supported the Far West Masters Scholarship Program and its ideals. Prior to his recent passing, he generously arranged to donate funds to expand the Masters Scholarship Program and to thereby make available funding for a university education to members of the program.
Nikki is a graduating senior at North Tahoe High School and will be attending Williams College in the fall. She is an active nationally ranked FIS ski racer on the Squaw Valley Ski Team who has been sponsored by the Masters scholarship program for the past three years. She is an outstanding student who will be graduating at the top of her class at North Tahoe High School. She is also an active musician playing both clarinet in the wind ensemble and saxophone in the award-winning and energetic North Lake Tahoe Jazz Band under the direction of Dean Nordby.
The Far West Masters Scholarship Program is finishing its 20th year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. They have raised more than half a million dollars during that time. All money raised is distributed with no overhead to Far West Junior Athletes. Their goal is to promote academic scholarship, citizenship and leadership within the ski racing community and to keep athletes involved in ski racing that might not otherwise have a chance without financial support. A majority of sponsored athletes have gone on to college, many on ski and scholastic scholarships. The U.S. Ski Team currently has many scholarship alumni currently competing including Marco Sullivan, Stacey Cook, Tim Jitloff, Travis Ganong, Forrest Peterson, Mark Engel and Lila Lapanja.
The Jeff Wattenmaker Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards college expenses. It is given out yearly to a member of the Far West Masters Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must be a member of the scholarship program and accepted to an accredited junior college, university or vocational school for the coming fall.