The QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is dedicated to increasing gender diversity within the bike industry. Funded by QBP and brand partners, scholarship recipients attend the United Bicycle Institute’s 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operation class in Oregon or Barnett Bicycle Institute’s Professional Bicycle Service Course in Colorado.
Equipped with the expertise and connections gained from this class, scholarship recipients can affect even greater change in their communities, making bikekind a more inclusive place for us all. Through hands-on learning, component-by-component study, and formal lecture, scholarship recipients come away with the skills to advance their careers in the bike industry, gain advanced mechanical knowledge, and deepen their bike industry network.
Thanks to the success of past years and the generous support of our sponsors, this year we’re excited to send 32 bike mechanics on this adventure.
About the Scholarship
- This scholarship is open to women, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and agender individuals
- Application is open October 1—November 1, 2019
- Winners will be notified in early January 2020
- Session 1: BBI in Colorado Springs, CO, March 9—20, 2020
Session 2: UBI in Ashland, OR, February 17—28, 2020
- Scholarship recipients will attend one 2-week session and may state their preferred dates, however we can’t promise you’ll be placed in that class. Canadian applicants may only attend the UBI session.
- This scholarship covers the cost of the Professional Repair and Shop Operations Workshop at UBI or the Professional Bicycle Service Course at BBI
- Lodging is paid for and provided by UBI or BBI
- Travel and other expenses including meals are the responsibility of recipients
- Recipients will receive a small stipend upon completion of the class to help offset travel and meal expenses
- The scholarship will be awarded upon registration for class and payment will be made directly to UBI or BBI
- The scholarship is open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and intersex individuals
- We are committed to increasing the number of scholarship recipients of color and strongly encourage them to apply
- You must be currently employed at a bike shop in the U.S./U.S. territory, or in Canada
- Individuals in volunteer, intern, and trainee positions are eligible
- You will have to sign a publicity/photo waiver and agreement
- You must have residency in the U.S./U.S. territory or in Canada
- “Bike shop” is defined as the following: must sell new and/or used, have specific posted business hours, a physical location, and must service and repair bikes
These brands believe in advancing gender equity within the bike industry by helping them build the knowledge, connections, and tools that they need to take the next step on their journey.
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