Scholarships

Opening Doors For Young Adults

Learn about Rider and Alumni Scholarships, how to apply, or how you can support a scholarship fund. 

It is amazing to see how a group of individuals united in a cause greater than themselves can make such a difference... I am extremely grateful to the Bike & Build Scholarship Program for giving me the chance to take advantage of such an amazing trip and volunteer opportunity.

Edgar AgudeloP2S'16

Opening Doors for Young Adults

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.

Rider Scholarships Fund Up To:

3400
of a cross country rider’s required fundraising to benefit affordable housing
1400
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

You can donate to one of our specific scholarships or to the general Bike & Build Scholarship fund. All money raised for the general fund will be divided evenly between the Patrick Zuza Scholarship, Margaret Lowe Scholarship, and the Bike & Build Alumni Council Scholarship.

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.

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.

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.

Alumni Council

Scholarship

Established 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, demonstrated passion for service, and desire for adventure. Applicants from minority communities are encouraged to apply.

Rider Scholarship Application

Applicants will complete a Scholarship application in addition to completing the regular rider application process. Please complete the rider application 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 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.