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:
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.
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.