Educational Ascent Grant- for employees

Educational Ascent is Postponed

Due to the emerging circumstances of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to postpone our Educational Ascent grant for the spring season and cancel our Ascent 101 Informational Webinar on March 18th and 19th. We will announce our new deadline and reschedule a new webinar soon. For the employees who have already applied for this grant, your application will be rolled over to the next grant cycle--there will be no need to reapply. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and look forward to reviewing your applications at a future date. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


The Educational Ascent Grant is a one-time financial grant up to US $2,500 for Vail Resorts employees who are pursuing a degree or certificate program. Examples include: vocational degree programs, bachelor’s or specialized degrees (i.e. nursing degrees), master’s degrees, professional degrees (law or medical degrees), EMT certificates.

While the grant is not automatically renewable, applicants may apply at multiple deadlines. There are three applications deadlines per calendar year: one in the spring, summer, and autumn.


Who is eligible?

  • Educational Ascent Grants are open only to U.S. Vail Resorts employees with full-time, part-time or SIS (Seasonal Inactive Status) status.

  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate program.

  • Household income is at or below:
    • Single person household: US$74,940 (refer to the Income Qualifications for households with more than one individual).
      • This increases by approximately US$26,500 for each additional family member. 

What is covered by an Educational Ascent Grant?

  • The maximum award for an Educational Ascent Grant is US$2,500 to cover or support with the costs of tuition, fees, books, and course materials. If your charges are less than US$2,500, the grant will cover the exact charges and no more.

What is required as part of the application process?

  • Personal Essay – emphasizing your community involvement and how the course/program will help you personally and professionally.

  • Degree/Curriculum Checklist – this could be one of the following:
    • Outline of Program Requirements or a Course Catalog
    • Official Course Syllabus
      • * If your course does not have a degree/curriculum checklist, please provide a document that explains how the course you are taking leads to the degree/certificate that you are pursuing.

  • Two Completed Reference Forms- reference forms can be downloaded in the application.
    • If a blank document on incomplete form is uploaded, applications will receive zero points for this section.
      • One form from your Vail Resorts Supervisor
      • One form from another personal or professional contact. This could be an additional Vail Resorts colleague, but it does not have to be.

Other Items to Note

  • Educational Ascent Grants have a selective application process. According to IRS regulations, no more than 10% of those that are eligible and apply for an Educational Ascent Grant can be approved.

Have further questions?  Consult our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS or email the EpicPromise Employee Foundation at