Last Chance to Apply for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship

December 27, 2016

Do you dream of going on a self-supported bicycle tour, but aren’t quite ready to hit the road? Or perhaps you have bike travel experience and want to get more involved in outdoor leadership? If you’re 18–30 years old and have an interest in bike travel, now is your opportunity to apply for an Adventure Cycling Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship. These two scholarships include an Adventure Cycling education course, new gear, and more.

Intro to Bike Travel. This scholarship includes ...

Outdoor Leadership. Those interested in developing their touring, planning, and leadership skills should apply for this award, which includes ...

Upon completion of the educational courses, the recipients will take what they’ve learned and apply it to an outreach activity that will inspire and empower others to travel by bicycle, like leading a trip, leading a workshop, or giving a presentation.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, December 31, 2016 at midnight EST, and the application includes about half a dozen short questions. So what are you waiting for? This is your chance to get all the tools you need to embark on a lifetime of bicycle travel adventure.

“I really can’t describe all the opportunities and doors Adventure Cycling has opened for me,” shared Jocelyn Munoz, one 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship recipient. “I look back at that time period as one that hugely transitioned my life. I not only became a better trip leader, but I learned to prioritize adventure, while balancing real-world responsibilities.”

Adventure could be in your future in 2017. Don’t wait, apply now!

Photos 1 & 3 courtesy of Saara Snow | Photos 2 & 4 courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry | Photo 5 courtesy of Joclyn Munoz.



Eva Dunn-Froebig December 30, 2016, 1:46 PM

The Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship was developed in response to our members' overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to Adventure Cycling's mission to inspire and empower people of all ages to travel by bicycle.

Awards will be offered in two separate categories, based on experience level – "Intro to Bike Travel" and "Outdoor Leadership." Both tracks are designed to support young adults of varying levels of experience and cover the cost of attending an Adventure Cycling educational course (Intro to Road Touring or Leadership Training Course) with other participants of all ages.

Upon completion, scholarship recipients will take what they've learned and apply it to an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel in their communities.

The scholarship is intended to provide the resources and skills necessary for people ages 18-30 to embark on a lifetime of bike travel. We developed the scholarship to enable people in an age group that don't typically have the financial resources to travel by bike.

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Ben Schapiro December 27, 2016, 9:41 PM

Why not a scholarship for 60+ bike tourist? On all my ACA trips most of the riders are above 50 and usually venturing into selfsupported cyclotourist for the first time. Retirees are the fast growing market and I talk with my fellow older cyclist about my ACA trips all the time.

Claire Roberts December 30, 2016, 12:58 PM

Hear hear Ben!!

I find it is older people (I am 49) who are afraid to go on adventures. Many become stuck in their ways and find it difficult to summon the courage they had when they were younger to step out of their comfort zone.

I am 18 months into my cycle tour and loving it. I'd love to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Kind regards

Anna December 28, 2016, 11:08 AM

Umm, presumably once you're 60+ you've had a reasonable chance to save some money to fund your own adventures??

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