Scholarship Program

The B&B scholarship gave me a wider perspective of the cause and an opportunity to make a difference in ways I would not have been able to do alone. For a person who has never been able to travel out of Philadelphia alone, it was an incredible eye-opener.
-Mindy Zhong, Coastal Drift 2014

The Bike & Build Scholarship Program engages young adults from low-income backgrounds and diverse communities in a life-changing opportunity to serve their communities through an incredible adventure. Riders age 18-26 will develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. This accomplishment will further empower scholarship recipients to serve others for many years beyond the completion of the trip. Bike & Build opens new doors to these young adults.

Patrick Zuza Scholarship

In honor of Bike & Build alumnus Patrick Zuza (NC2SD’11), this scholarship aims to engage a young adult of limited financial means in a cross-country trip. The recipient will demonstrate the same love and dedication to Bike & Build’s mission that Patrick did: a commitment to service and adventure.

Pat Zuza

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CWM-Bike & Build Scholarship

Made possible by the Chris Webber Memorial Fund, this scholarship will engage a rider in one of Bike & Build’s cross-country trips. Chris was B&B’s first Program Director and, through his combined passion for adventure and charitable efforts, was an integral part of the organization’s early growth and impact. Applicants from the Andover, MA or Poughkeepsie, NY area (Chris’s hometown and the location of Vassar College, Chris’s alma mater) will be considered.

The CWM Fund

Margaret Lowe Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have a proven desire and dedication to achieve success with or on behalf of others. In tribute to Margaret’s varied and powerful impact during her life, the 2017 Margaret Lowe Scholarship will fund a full Drift award or partial cross-country award, depending on the recipient’s trip preference and placement.


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Bike & Build Alumni Council Scholarship

Our pilot program started in 2014, the B&B Alumni Council Scholarship engages young adults from diverse and low-income backgrounds in one of our life-changing summers of service. Preference will be given to those with financial need and a demonstrated passion for service and adventure. Applicants from minority communities are encouraged to apply.

Former Scholarship Winners- Bio Picture

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Support the Scholarship

I wish I could meet all of the people that donated to the scholarship and hug them. Bike & Build was the greatest thing that ever could have happened to me.­ – Kamal Gatewood, Coastal Drift 2014

To support the general Bike & Build Scholarship fund, you can donate here. All money raised will be divided evenly between the Patrick Zuza Scholarship, Margaret Lowe Scholarship, and B&B Alumni Council Scholarship. Contributions are tax deductible.

What Do Scholarships Fund?

  • $3,400 of a XC rider’s required fundraising to benefit affordable housing
  • $1,400 for gear costs, travel to and from the end of trips, and en-route spending money
  • $800 to purchase a new Giant Defy 3 bike for the riders, which they’ll keep upon completion of the trip
  • $150 to cover the rider’s application fee, which purchases the rider’s jersey, Therm-a-Rest, and other trip costs.

After recipients are selected, riders will be enrolled and required to complete all trip requirements (including training, sweat equity, and the affordable housing curriculum). Scholarship riders will complete a small percentage of the normal fundraising requirement.

Apply for a Scholarship

Applicants will complete a Scholarship app in addition to completing the regular rider application process. Please complete the regular rider app process first. If you are applying for a scholarship, you will NOT be required to pay the initial application fee (if you have already paid the app fee, you can be refunded upon receiving an award). If you do not receive a scholarship but still wish to ride, you will need to pay the application fee before enrolling.

Riders can apply for more than one scholarship, assuming they fit each award’s criteria. Individuals will only be selected for one scholarship. Bike & Build staff, board, and/or alumni will contact finalists for interviews, and the winners will be enrolled in mid-to-late January.

After recipients are selected, riders will complete a percentage of the normal fundraising requirement, train for 500 miles, complete 10 sweat equity build hours, and undergo other preparations. Scholarship recipients will have the support of the Bike & Build Board, staff, sponsors, and community volunteers throughout the process.

Download the 2018 Scholarship Application here

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