Tom Podivinsky Bursary

As many of you know, in February, 2014, Calgary Alpine lost a friend and valued member of our club; Tom Podivinsky was a great ambassador for the sport of skiing and of life long athletic participation. There is an annual golf tournament to raise money to help families struggling with the financial cost of their child’s participation in athletics; specifically two of Tom’s passions: alpine skiing & golfing. As a result of the fundraising success of the “Pod Open” the organizers have provided our club with funds for a bursary with the intent to help support a family to whom keeping a child in skiing is a financial stress. Tom was a much loved member of our club and we are honored to be able to provide a bursary in his name.

The bursary will be administered as follows:

  • All families with children in the KD U12 through FIS programs will be eligible to apply for a bursary. A family can apply directly but also can be nominated by another club member. Nominations and applications should simply explain why the applicant or nominee should be eligible for support. There will not be any specific format to follow other than to clearly specify the need.
  • For applications and nominations to be considered they must be received by Feb 28th. The goal will be to distribute funds by the end of March.
  • All applications and nominations will be kept confidential.
  • The review panel will be made up of alumni from the board to maintain impartiality.
  • The bursary funds may be divided between multiple families or may be awarded to one family at the discretion of the review panel.
  • We were unable to award a bursary in the 2016-17 season. If you applied last year and would like to be considered for the bursary in 2018, please respond to the email below indicating to the committee that you would still like to be considered. There is no need to re-apply.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate for funds, or know someone who is, please do not hesitate to either apply directly or nominate another candidate. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to support a family in Tom’s name and want to be sure to honour him in this way.

All applications should be made via email to