Scholarships & Awards

NSAA Scholarship

Scholarship application period opens Feb. 7, 2022 and closes March 31, 2022

The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage scholarship program recognizes scholastic achievement, participation in cross-country skiing, and community service. Individual awards provided up to $1,500 toward educational expenses at an accredited college or university to Alaskan residents who are graduating high school seniors.

NSAA has proudly awarded college scholarships to Anchorage high school skiers for 29 years.

Applicant requirements:

  • NSAA membership for the current and preceding ski season. Contact the NSAA office to verify your membership status before applying. Please note: Chugiak – Eagle River Nordic Ski Club, Cross Country Alaska, and NSAA are separate organizations.
  • Member of a high school cross-country ski team in the applicant’s junior and senior years.
  • Resident of the state of Alaska.
  • 2022 graduating high school senior in the Municipality of Anchorage.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enrollment for a minimum of 8 semester hours of coursework during the semester in which the scholarship is recorded.
  • Family members of NSAA Board members and/or scholarship selection committee members are ineligible for consideration.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Academic performance.
  • Participation in cross-country skiing activities.
  • Community service performed while in high school.
  • Essay (500-word maximum) on the “benefits you have received from skiing.”
  • Volunteer service to the NSAA and the Nordic skiing community by the applicant and/or his/her family.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from 1) a teacher or counselor and 2) a ski coach.

Important: Successful applicants must submit their college or university student ID number and program information by June 30, 2022 to NSAA before their award can be disbursed. Please contact NSAA if you cannot send in the information by this date.

Questions or comments about the NSAA Scholarships Program?
Email:, 907-276-7609


2021 NSAA Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021 NSAA Scholarship Awardees! We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to hearing about their adventures.

Maura Black Quincy Donley Anita Koelsch Alexander Maurer Joel Power
Madeline Troxell Tatum Witter Lucy Young

NSAA Skibear Community Award

This award recognizes high school skiers who make positive contributions to the ski community. Athletes are nominated by their ski coaches at the end of the season and the award is presented at end of year celebrations.

Congrats to our 2021 Nordic Skibear Community Award Recipients! Thank you for spreading your great attitude on and off the trail and helping to build a strong ski community!


Bartlett High School: Lucy Atkinson
Chugiak High School: Sam Cryder
Dimond High School: Emily Erickson
Eagle River High School: Sarah Bassett
East High School: Rylee Haddox
Service High School: Joel Power
South High School: Olive Heatwole
West High School: Oliver Wright


Henry Banker – West High School
Michael Earnhart – Chugiak High School
Asher Johnson – South Anchorage High School
Ryan Pogue – Bartlett High School
Eli Stierwalt – East High School
Hayden Ulbrich – Service High School
Owen White – Dimond High School
Mackenzie Wilson – Eagle River High School

Other Scholarships Available:

Thomas K. Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund: Applications are due April 15 each year. Click here for the application.

NSAA Scholarships Recipients


George Cvancara
Miles Dennis
Zanden McMullen
Ellie Mitchell
Maria Paez
Adeline Wright


Abby Amick
Vanessa Duhrsen
Sarah Freistone
Jania Tumey


Zach Basset
Ryan Bickford
Ruth Cvancara
Sydney Gill
Elizabeth Mans


David Cvancara
Luke Cvancara
Julia Ditto
Grant Klug
Maksim Mayer
Alice Michaelson
Karina Zyatitsky


Seiji Takagi
Douglas Watts
Ana Jager
Lydia Blanchet
William Mans
Anton Clark
Annika Flynn
Riley Bickford
Alisa Aist


Celia Haering (Alaska Pacific University)
Sarissa Lammers (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Kayla Rowe (Whitworth University)
Seiji Takagi (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Jacob Volz (Middlebury College)
Quinlyn-Skye Wika (Gonzaga University)


Ann Spencer (Middlebury College)
Garth Schultz (APU)
Celia Haering (Montana State)
Marion Woods (University of Vermont)
Erin Baker (APU)
Otto Gilbert (UAA)
Freya Hately (APU)
Thomas Ohara (Service)