Don Laws

Fabruary 1, 2016
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The Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship
Presented by the Professional Skaters Foundation in cooperation with Shattuck St. Mary’s
Mr. Laws, a former U.S. Junior Mens Champion, U.S. Junior Dance Champion and World Team member, was the coach of 1984 Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton, and three-time U.S. champion. Michael Weiss. He was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame both as a skater and a coach in 2001. A Past President of the PSA, he was also a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Member of the PSA.

Scholarship Description
In memory Don Laws, the Trustees of the Professional Skaters Foundation are proud to announce the Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship. PSF is offering three, merit-based apprentice scholarships, each intended for the reimbursement of direct expenses incurred for attending the PSA Apprentice development program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN. Direct expenses include travel to the program site, lodging, and meals. Awards are based on dedication to coaching, sound character and ethical practices.

The program focuses on development of coaching skills by allowing the apprentice to shadow Master rated coaches over the course of six days. Apprentices will have the opportunity to have one-on-one time with each mentor, as well as sit in on lessons.

Scholarship 1- June 5-11, 2016

Scholarship 2 - June 12-18, 2016

Scholarship 3 - June 19- 25, 2016

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a full member in good standing of the Professional Skaters Association for at least one year 
  • Hold a Registered or higher rating in any discipline
  • Hold a Ranking of Level III or higher
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Completed CER Category A for the 2015-2016 season

Race, religion, color, creed, sex and ethnic background are not considered in the selection of recipients.

Scholarship Application Package Contents
To apply for the Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship, complete the application package, including:

  • A completed Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship Application
  • A 500 word essay regarding your coaching philosophy and goals
  • A letter of recommendation from a peer coach
  • A letter of recommendation from a client
  • A letter of recommendation from an officer of your home club

Submission of Scholarship Application
The completed Don Laws Apprentice Scholarship application package must be submitted, no later than April 1 to: Professional Skaters Foundation, 3006 Allegro Park SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902

About the Professional Skaters Foundation

The Professional Skaters Foundation (PSF) was founded to expand the educational opportunities of PSA members through a 501 (C)(3) non-profit, charitable foundation. The Trustees of the PSF have developed a scholarship program for its members through a selection process based on established guidelines and criteria.

Week 1: June 5-11, 2016

  • Kori Ade - Kori Ade is an Olympic coach who teaches in Colorado Springs, CO. Kori was named PSA Developmental Coach of the Year in 2011, and she is well known for her work with 2014 Olympian, Jason Brown. She holds PSA ratings in Moves in the Field and Free skate, and she’s an AFFA and F.A.S.T. Certified Off-Ice Trainer. Kori has a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago in Skeletal Biology. She is also a respected hip hop dancer and choreographer who has worked for the music industry and corporate clients (McDonalds, Sears, and Seventeen Magazine). Kori is the creator of TAPS (Total Athlete Performance Seminars) which is intended to develop the “whole” athlete, including the mental and emotional aspects that play such a powerful role in successful training and competing at all levels.

Week 2: June 12-18, 2016

  • Alex Chang - A Harvard graduate, Alex Chang is an International coach and choreographer in high demand. As a top “Team USA” coach, Alex is currently coaching many talented young talented athletes, including Courtney Hicks. He is an 8-time US National competitor, an International competitor, US National Novice Bronze Medalist, sits on the Figure Skating Coaches’ Committee, and is a board member for the Professional Skaters Association. Alex is a PSA Master Rated coach specializing in preparing skaters for competition, as well as a jump and spin technique specialist.
  • Jere Michael - The coaching team of Michael & Chang is among the top talent in today’s “Team USA”, coaching promising athletes such as Courtney Hicks. Before Jere’s extensive success in coaching National, International, World, & Junior World Competitors, he was a U.S. Junior Men’s National Champion, International competitor, & Junior World Champion. Jere specializes in advance spin & jump techniques.

Week 3: June 19-25, 2016

  • Doug Ladret - Coach of top U.S. skater, Douglass Razzano and several top USA pair teams, Doug Ladret is a two-time Olympian and Canadian pair skating champion. Ladret and his former skating partner, Christine Hough, skated to a variety of international medals. The team made five trips to the World Championships and came away with Canada’s top spot in the 1988 Canadian Championships. Ladret is the recipient of an Emmy Honors Certificate for choreography on the CBS television special “Scott Hamilton: Upside Down.” Ladret began his coaching career in Barrie, Ontario working with World and Olympic skaters. Ladret is also a frequent presenter at national and international seminars across North America.