Opening Doors For Young Adults

Learn about 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 award engages young adults from low-income and historically marginalized communities to participate in a life-changing opportunity to serve communities through an incredible adventure. Riders age 18-29 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.

People of color, immigrant, trans and genderqueer applicants are encouraged to apply.

Rider Scholarships Fund Up To:

of a cross country rider’s required fundraising to benefit affordable housing
for gear costs, travel to and from the end of trips, and en-route spending money
to purchase a new Giant Contend 3 bike for the riders, which they’ll keep upon completion of the trip
to cover the rider’s application fee, which purchases the rider’s jersey, Therm-a-Rest, and other trip costs

You can donate to the general Bike & Build Scholarship fund. All money raised will go towards our Alumni Council Scholarship Program.

Alumni Council


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). Please email Lily, [email protected] for the scholarship application promo code to excuse the rider application fee. If you do not receive a scholarship but still wish to ride, you will need to pay the application fee before enrolling.

Bike & Build staff, board, and/or alumni will contact finalists for interviews, and the winners will be enrolled in November/December.

After recipients are selected, riders will complete a percentage of the normal fundraising requirement, train for 500 miles, complete 15 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.