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Blizzard Tecnica has announced its third annual scholarship for women looking to advance their education in snowsports, updated with a new name—the W2W Hilaree Nelson Education Scholarship—in honor of the late mountaineer. Whether applicants are interested in avalanche safety, ski instruction, guiding, health/wellness, or other related coursework, the program application parameters are intentionally relaxed, as to encourage all women skiers to pursue their individual goals. The grants awarded will include coursework fees along with a pair of Blizzard skis and Tecnica boots.
Nelson was a pioneer, an inspiration, and a leader for women in the outdoor world. But she was not just about her epic feats. She was down on the ground, leading her community every step of the way. “Women need to stop underselling themselves,” said Nelson. “Stop acquiescing and know that if you’re out there pushing the limits, then you’re worth it.” With this scholarship program in her name, Blizzard Tecnica hopes to help carry her torch for future generations of women.
Education is a key pillar for Blizzard Tecnica’s Women2Women (W2W) program, which has awarded 37 women with over $35,000 in scholarships and equipment in the first two years of the scholarship program. Seeing the growth in applicants and learning more about their stories, Blizzard Tecnica’s Global W2W Project Leader, Leslie Baker-Brown, feels more confident than ever in its significance to women.
“I’ve been so moved hearing the stories of the women who won W2W Education Scholarships over the last two years,” said Baker-Brown. “These courses are not only helping them advance their mountain skills or careers, they’re also empowering them in their everyday lives and allowing them to inspire other girls and women to know they can do or be anything they want.”
Applications will be accepted through December 19, 2022, at which time the W2W program will review all entries and award a number of grants dependent on applications received. Winners will be alerted in January 2023 with funds and products awarded thereafter.