Opportunities available for OUR skaters

The Bill Cushman scholarship

About Bill

Bill Cushman devoted his life to speed skating and the Midway Speedskating Club for more than 50 years.  He was a charter member of the club and a competitive skater until 1960 (except for two years he served in the US Army).  Upon completing his competitive skating career, Bill served as a long-time club coach as well as manager of several US World Championship speed skating teams; and was manager of the 1980, 1984, and 2002 US Olympic Speedskating Teams.  Bill served as US Speedskating President from 1989-2000, and was a US Speedskating Board member from 1972-2002.  He was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall fo Fame in 1996, and was honored with the George Howie Award in 2010 for his outstanding contributions to the speed skating community.

Bill once said, “The basic goal of Midway is to give the youth of our area a program to develop into the best skaters each can be and provide a direct path to World and Olympic competitions, while having fun and completing their education.  It can be done!”

about the Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the Bill Cushman Memorial Fund and administered by the Midway Speedskating Club.  Post-secondary scholarships may be awarded each year to qualified current club members to assist with tuition, fees, books and room and board.

2023 Scholarship Guidelines:  HERE

2023 Scholarship Application:  HERE

Scholarship applications are due March 20th, 2023!

The Nancy Blumel Scholarship

About Nancy

Nancy Class Blumel excelled in the sport of speed skating, a family affair enjoyed by all.  She was a member of the Midway Speedskating Club, winning many national medals and titles.  She made the National Team and was training for Olympic and World Teams when cancer ended those dreams.  After marrying and moving back from California, Nancy began her next phase in the speed skating world as a Midway coach for 25+ years, and it became a family affair once again.  Nancy’s sons competed internationally on Junior World and World Cup Teams, and Nancy and her husband Joe would travel as their number one fans.

Everyone loved Nancy.  She was a giver of joy and compassion until her final days.  Her kindness and patience were like no other.  She listened with a kind heart and soul, never one to judge, only listen and help in any way she could.  

About the scholarship

The Nancy Blumel Scholarship is an annual award given to one skater ready to make the exciting transition from the Learn to Speed Skate Program to the Midway Speed Skating Club.  The Learn to Speed Skate program staff will identify the athlete at the completion of each Learn to Speed Skate season.  

Click Here for further Scholarship Details.