FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE SKATING CLUB OF WNY
1. The SCWNY Grant Program –
Provides SCWNY skaters competing at specific competitions the opportunity to receive a monetary Competition Grant to help offset the entry fees and travel/training expenses as defined in the application.
In addition to the Competition Grants, all Full Members are eligible for the Banquet/Spring Skate Festival Grant and Seminars sponsored by the SCWNY.
2. The Peter D. Buch Memorial Scholarship –
Peter Buch was a long-time coach and valued friend of many in the Western New York skating community. He possessed a unique ability to encourage those that needed it most with his endless patience and positive attitude. Peter valued the qualities of “drive” and “desire” more than raw talent. His love for the sport of figure skating, and for teaching it to students who shared his passion, made him a treasured member of our skating family.
In an effort to continue his legacy, the Skating Club of Western New York will be offering an annual scholarship to a skater who embraces Peter’s spirit and passion.
3. The Janice Smith Scholarship Fund –
SCWNY’s head professional for over 25 years lost a valiant 3-year battle with cancer on October 6, 2010. During her 30 year coaching career in Western New York, Janice coached almost 50 skaters to their USFS and CFSA Gold Medals and coached skaters to the regional, state, sectional and national levels. Janice was also the founder of Skate Great, Inc., one of the largest basic skills programs in the United States. Janice will forever be remembered for her devotion to the sport of figure skating and her positive, lasting influence on the skaters she coached.
Donations for the Janice Smith Scholarship Fund can be made to the Skating Club of Western New York.
Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to Learn to Skate program participants.
4. Additional Funding Opportunities –
There are additional funding and scholarship opportunities provided by United States Figure Skating to qualified skaters.
5. SCWNY Seminar Program –
As part of our Grant Program, The Skating Club of Western New York periodically runs educational seminars for our skaters at zero, or reduced, cost to our members. Some of our past seminars include:
- “Grassroots To Champions” with Sheila Thelan, Nick Perna and Chris Conte
- Olympian and U.S. Champion – Kimmie Meisner
- Bobby Shire – Spin Expert
- Nick Perna – Jump/Pole Harness Expert
- Kelly Peiper – Sports Psychologist
The Skating Club of WNY is very proud to offer this benefit to our members. We consider ourselves very unique in our ability to do so and certainly one-of-a-kind in Western New York.
Stay tuned for more information regarding future eductional seminars!