March 2023 update: In an effort to continue this program and assist with grassroots efforts USA Weightlifting is shifting administration of the BIPOC and women's scholarship programs to our Weightlifting State Organizations (WSOs). Each WSO has the opportunity to offer up to four scholarships per program. WSOs have until April 1, 2023, to determine their commitments, and updates on availability will be posted to this page.


USAW Coach Education BIPOC Community Scholarship Program

USA Weightlifting offers a limited number of tuition scholarships to qualified BIPOC coaches to attend either the Level 1 or Level 2 Coach Certification courses. The scholarship covers the tuition cost of the certifications as well as one year of USAW membership. Any travel-related or non-tuition expenses are not covered. Please click here if you would like to make a contribution to the USAW Coach Education BIPOC Community Scholarship Fund.



The number of available awards by WSO/region will be posted once USA Weightlifting receives commitments from each WSO.



Selection Criteria

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the following criteria.

  • Applicants must meet all requirements, deadlines, and complete the scholarship application.
  • Applicants who are or plan to work with underserved populations in a weightlifting or sport capacity are preferred.
  • Applicants with less than 5 years of coaching experience are preferred.
  • Applicants with experience in the sport of weightlifting as an athlete or as a coach are preferred.
  • Applicants with high levels of coaching success, social impact through sport, and/or academic achievement in sport are preferred.


Recipients must be US citizens, at least 17 years old, and identify as a member of the BIPOC community.


To Apply

Please compete the following application and submit to with “USAW Coach Education Scholarship Program” as the subject.

To donate to the USAW Coach Education BIPOC Community Scholarship Program, CLICK HERE.

For questions related to the scholarship or your application, please contact us at or 719-866-4508.


Click Here for the Application (.PDF)


2021 Scholarship Recipients 

Generously sponsored by Mark House:

Diana Iziarry

Shalimar Gonzales

Kayla Reed

Marcus Bolick

Cristobal Francisquez

Gabby Delgado

Clarence Stephen

Lisan Douglas

Sientje Henderson

Sydney Chavez

Ryan Brooks

Sam Brodeur

Tiffani Lee

Ryan Brooks

Brian Archield

Amara Wiggan

Cesar Olvera

Lynbyrd Massey Jr

Timara Davis

Joseph Stephen


Generously sponsored by Nick Shaw:

Ginelle Wynter

Joseph Cablayan


2020 Scholarship Recipients

Generously sponsored by Mark House:

Sarah Brown

Desa Daniel

Salma Nakhlawi

Christian Pommells

Kimberly Rawlins

Jeffrey Williams

Taylor Williams

Reba Lewis

James Chandler

Brian Archield

Generously sponsored by Nick Shaw: 

Quiana Welch

Robert Brown III


Generously sponsored by Heather Delmas and Pat Barry

Jeremy Jackson


Generously sponsored by Rachel Hoover

Keyaira Johnson


Generously sponsored by Jeff Pillars:

Paul Griffin


Sponsored by USAW

Angelica Cantrell

Taryn Pascal

Adrienne Griffin

Marcus Bolick

Brandi Darby

Christopher Morris

Danessa Trahan

As of 6/21/21

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