Scholarships and Tuition Assistance

Bend Endurance Academy’s programs strive to be affordable and accessible to all.  We believe that opportunity and access is the best path to success for youth athletes. As a nonprofit organization, our aim is to keep program tuition affordable for families in Central Oregon and offset actual program costs through various fundraising efforts including corporate sponsorship, grants, and individual donations.

We also understand that participation in youth sports can be costly since equipment, travel, and maintenance expenses add up. Therefore, the Academy has established the General Tuition Assistance Fund for program tuition for our youth, development, high school and competition team programs, the Kurtz Nordic Scholarship Fund for High School Nordic athletes, the Taye Nakamura Memorial Scholarship Award for aspiring female cyclists, and the She Can Scholarship for female athletes. Each of these funds have slightly different qualifications, deadlines and requirements. Assistance is awarded based on athlete’s financial need, commitment to the program and the availability of funds. Information specific to scholarships can be found below.

In addition to financial assistance, the Bend Endurance Academy offers monthly payment plans for program tuition for all of our programs costing more than $200. Please contact your Program Director directly to discuss.

Other financial resources may be available for qualified families through:

Thank you again for your interest in the Bend Endurance Academy, we hope we can work together to provide financial assistance to you and your family.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Google form application, found by clicking the orange “Apply Now” button corresponding with your desired scholarship.
  2. Make sure you upload all supporting documents to the form.
  • Completed applications must be received 2 weeks before the opening of program enrollment.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application one week before the opening of program enrollment and will be instructed on how to enroll online for their program.

Scholarships Available

The Bend Endurance Academy General Tuition Assistance Fund is available to athletes in any discipline. As an organization, we strive to make the outdoors available to all. These are funds we have received through donations and fundraisers with the community.

Apply Now for General tuition assistance

The Kurtz Nordic Scholarship was established to provide support for high school Nordic athletes committed to pursuing full-time training with the Bend Endurance Academy. This Scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to athletes seeking to pursue Nordic skiing at his/her highest potential and who need financial assistance to get there. 

About Kurtz

Coach Kurtz was the Head Development Coach for the Bend Endurance Academy for 8 years. Kurtz’ influence on the growth and development of the Nordic team cannot be understated. His sense of humor, love for the outdoors, and child-like joy for every adventure, made him a favorite coach for all of his skiers. During his career, Kurtz became known for his ability to teach any level of skiing, his patient approach to each athlete’s individual learning experience, and an unparalleled work ethic and heart. Kurtz stressed process over performance, practice makes perfect, and with a little bit of grit and lot of heart, you are capable of anything.

Who may apply: 

Any Bend Endurance Academy Nordic school-aged athlete (age 10-18) with financial need who is regularly involved in Nordic skiing and wishes to continue to do so.

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The She Can Scholarship is designed to remove financial barriers that often prevent middle and high school aged girls from pursuing climbing, cycling, or Nordic skiing. This scholarship was started through a grant from the Compton Foundation with support from Emilie Cortes, former owner of Bend-based Call of the Wild Adventures.  Cortes ran adventure trips exclusively for women and believes outdoor activities offer benefits beyond those of more mainstream sports.

Who may apply: 

Any middle or high school aged (10-18) female Bend Endurance Academy athlete with financial need who is regularly involved in climbing, cycling, or Nordic skiing and wishes to continue to do so.  Funding may be awarded for program tuition, event registration or team travel expenses.

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The Taye Nakamura Memorial Scholarship Award was established to help aspiring female athletes pursue goals in the sport of cycling. Taye loved the outdoors and was an avid skier and cyclist. While she enjoyed road cycling and cyclocross, she was willing to try new disciplines and enjoyed competition. In addition to her athletic pursuits, Taye was a talented artist and wished to become a syndicated cartoonist.

Who may apply: 

Any female Bend Endurance Academy Cycling athlete with financial need who is regularly involved in cycling and training and wishes to continue to do so.  Funding may be awarded for program tuition, event registration or team travel expenses.

Apply Now for Taye Nakamura Memorial Scholarship