• Northland College Nordic Skiing

Northland College students at the American Birkebeiner Ski RaceAnnually the Brother Bear Fund supports the entry fee for two Northland College students (one male and one female) to ski the American Birkebeiner 50K Skate or 55K Classic ski races.

The fund also provides each student a $50 stipend prior to the race for expenses. We have selected recipients for the 2020 race on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

In order to apply for funding, you must meet the  following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled at Northland College when race occurs.
  • Preference will be given to someone who has not skied the American Birkebeiner or who would otherwise be unable to ski it without this award.
  • Preference will be given to students who are active in the Northland College Nordic Ski Club, who teach others to ski, or is otherwise engaged in the sport.
  • Must demonstrate experience or fortitude to participate in a 50K Skate or 55K Classic ski race.

Application Process
Complete and submit the following questions no later than Friday, May 17, 2020. You can save and return to your answers, but when you are finished, make sure you click the submit button. You will receive an email confirmation. If you do not, please resubmit the form.

Application for 2021

About the Fund

The Brother Bear Endowment Fund was established in memory of the life, work, and adventurous spirit of Bjorn Norgaard, Class of 2010. Opportunities to serve and learn outside the classroom enriched his Northland College experience. It is the donors’ wish that this fund will give other students some of the same opportunities.

Included Hospitality

The Norgaard Family extends the following hospitality to the skiers:

  • Friday: evening before the race students are invited to their place in Cable, WI for a spaghetti dinner, fellowship, Bjorndana (special bandana worn during the race in Bjorn’s honor), and lodging.
  • Saturday: provides breakfast and a ride to the race start as well as cheers on the skiers at the finish in Hayward. Extends an invitation to the “After Party” with lugeing and bonfire.