Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship

Explore the world by bicycle. Discover the adventure that awaits you. Inspire others. Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills, this program is here to help get you in the saddle and out on the road by providing classes and resources to young adults ages 18 to 30.

Each of our two scholarship tracks are designed to support riders of varying levels of experience and cover the cost of attending one of our education courses. In addition to providing transportation, accommodation, and course fees, Adventure Cycling will also hook you up with the right gear to plan your next adventure. Upon completion of the education courses, scholarship recipients will take what they’ve learned and apply it to an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel in their communities.

The deadline to apply ended on December 31, 2016 at midnight. We will notify the winners of the 2017 scholarship by March 1, 2017. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for the 2018 application.

The name of the award has changed to The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel in honor of Adventure Cycling Association's cofounder. Read more.

Intro to Bike Travel

Do you have dreams of going on a self-supported bicycle tour but aren't quite ready to hit the road? This award is for riders interested in attending one of our Intro to Road Touring courses. In addition to the course, one scholarship recipient will be outfitted with a new touring bicycle equipped with panniers and other touring gear.  The deadline to apply ended on December 31, 2016 at midnight.

 

Outdoor Leadership

Already have bike travel experience and want to get more involved in outdoor leadership? This award is for riders interested in developing their tour planning and leadership skills by attending our Leadership Training Course. In addition to the course, the recipient will also receive a $100 Cyclosource gift certificate and have the opportunity to take an additional self-contained tour of their choice.  The deadline to apply ended on December 31, 2016 at midnight.

Learn more about Adventure Cycling's Educational Course offerings.

2016 winners: Nathan Dorfman, Rachel Irvine, Luke Kantola, and Cara Thompson.
2015 winners: Adam Balfour and Jocelyn Munoz.
2014 winners: Alice Viana and John Nguyen.

Help Spread the Word

Help promote the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship by sharing adventurecycling.org/scholarship with #jumpstartbiketravel on your social media channels. 

Contribute

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.

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Want to donate a product for our scholarship winners?  Please contact Brian Bonham, Membership Marketing Coordinator, at (406) 721-1776. Do you have a question about the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Program? Please contact Eva Dunn-Froebig, Events & Outreach Coordinator, at (406) 721-1776.

Adventure Cycling and our scholarship recipients are so grateful to the donors and in-kind support to keep this program growing. Special thanks to: Advocate Cycles, Arkel, Big Agnes, Bike Flights, Portland Design Works, and HubBub Online and The Outspoken Cyclist.

         

Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship blog posts

March 15, 2017
Meet the 2017 Greg Siple Award Winners
Meet the 2017 Greg Siple Award Winners

Each year the applications for The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel get more impressive and inspiring. Let’s meet this year’s winners ...

January 17, 2017
Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Applications in the Numbers
Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Applications in the Numbers

Adventure Cycling received over 150 applications for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship before the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2016. Now it’s time to pore over the submissions and pick the best applicants for each track: Intro to Road Touring and Outdoor Leadership.

January 18, 2017
Greg Siple Talks Investments
Greg Siple Talks Investments

Greg Siple went to Europe and all he brought back was a spark that started a 50,000 member organization.

December 27, 2016
Last Chance to Apply for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship
Last Chance to Apply for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship

Applications for Adventure Cycling’s Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship must be received by Saturday, December 31 at midnight EST. Don’t wait, apply now! This is your chance to get all the tools you need to embark on a lifetime of bicycle travel adventure.

December 13, 2016
#JumpStartBikeTravel: John Nguyen Gets Houston on Bikes
#JumpStartBikeTravel: John Nguyen Gets Houston on Bikes

John Nguyen, one of Adventure Cycling’s Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winners, inspired many people to ride their bikes in Houston. Read about his work, then get cracking on your own scholarship application, due Dec. 31. #jumpstartbiketravel

November 23, 2016
Lavanya Pant wins Lael Wilcox's Baja Divide Scholarship
Lavanya Pant wins Lael Wilcox's Baja Divide Scholarship

And here's a reminder that Adventure Cycling offers a Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship. Applications are due by Dec. 31, 2016.

March 9, 2016
Meet the 2016 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Winners
Meet the 2016 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Winners

We struggled to whittle down the 81 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship applications we received. Finally, here are the four winners!

June 29, 2016
How to Set Up a Tent in the Rain and Other Skills from a Rainy Intro to Touring Class
How to Set Up a Tent in the Rain and Other Skills from a Rainy Intro to Road Touring Course

Two of our Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winners spent a week in Williamsburg, VA learning all about bike touring, more specifically, bike touring in the rain.

July 13, 2016
Meet Luke Kantola: Long Distance Film Maker
Meet Luke Kantola: Long Distance Film Maker

We caught up with one of our 2016 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winners, Luke Kantola. Learn about his plan to make a documentary about Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

July 27, 2016
Meet Rachel Irvine: 2016 Outdoor Leadership, Young Adult Bike Travel Scholar
Meet Rachel Irvine: 2016 Outdoor Leadership, Young Adult Bike Travel Scholar

Can you combine social work and bike travel? Our Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winner, Rachel Irvine, thinks so.

November 8, 2016
Scholarship Recipient Recalls Her Bike Travel Journey
Scholarship Recipient Recalls Her Bike Travel Journey

“I really can’t describe all the opportunities and doors Adventure Cycling has opened for me.”

October 11, 2016
Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Recipient Tells Her Tale
Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Recipient Tells Her Tale

Cara Thompson set out to organize a “Story-Bike” as her Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship outreach project. Find out how the story unfolded on the Olympic Discovery Trail. The 2017 application for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship will open on November 1.