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Athlete Support

The New York WSO works to promote and support the grassroots growth and development of weightlifting in our state. One way that we seek to strengthen our community is by providing financial support to athletes through sponsorship and scholarship opportunities.

Athlete Support Fund:

The NY WSO has committed to setting aside funds within its bank account for use in funding sponsorship and scholarship opportunities. To grow the fund, outside of donations and fundraising efforts, our WSO will contribute 25% of its quarterly earnings from USA Weightlifting to the Athlete Support Fund from January 1st, 2022 forward.


Scholarships are drafted by a subcommittee of the NY WSO board, the Athlete Support Commitee. The Athlete Support Committee is comprised of NY WSO Athlete Reps Sara Soto, Jerry Dunne, and Alyssa Garrison; it is chaired by board President James McDermott. Drafted scholarships are presented to the NY WSO board to be discussed, updated as needed, and approved for implementation.

NY WSO Scholarships

Youth & Junior Scholarship

This scholarship aims to provide assistance to NY WSO youth and junior athletes attending the USA Weightlifting National Championships.

Click here to read more about this scholarship and submit an application.

Coaching Development Scholarships

Tuition scholarships for qualified Women and BIPOC coaches to attend either the Level 1 or Level 2 Coach Certification courses through a partnership with USA Weightlifting.

Click here to read more about this scholarship and submit an application.

USA Weightlifting Scholarships

Did you know that USA Weightlifting offers scholarships and support services to help athletes in need of assistance? Many athletes do not know about these opportunities that may be available to them.

Please note that USAW scholarships are not affiliated with the NY WSO. The list below is to bring awareness to athletes and encourage participation.

Athlete Wellness Program: Resources for athletes facing mental health challenges, post-athletic career transitions and other personal issues.

Scholarship Fund: Fund to assist our elite and talented athletes who are transitioning from high school to college by providing an environment that is appropriate to their continued development in the sport.

National Referee Fund for Women: Scholarships for technical officials looking for advancement in the sport.

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