Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

The QBP Women’s 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 Ashland, OR.

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 women on this adventure.

 

About the Scholarship

  • This scholarship is open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals
  • Application is open October 2–31, 2017
  • Winners will be notified in late November
  • Class Dates: January 29–9 and October 15–26, 2018
  • 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
  • The scholarship covers the cost of the Professional Repair and Shop Operation Workshop at the Ashland, Oregon UBI campus ($2,100)
  • Lodging is paid for and provided by UBI
  • 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

For more information on how this class can propel your career in the bike industry, visit the UBI website at www.bikeschool.com, and look for Professional Repair and Shop Operation at UBI under the “CLASSES” tab.

 

Eligibility

  • The scholarship is open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals
  • We are committed to increasing the number of scholarships given to women of color and strongly encourage women of color to apply
  • You must be currently employed at a bike shop in the U.S./U.S. territory
  • Women in volunteer, intern, and trainee positions are eligible
  • You will have to sign a publicity/photo waiver and agreement
  • You must have U.S./U.S. territory residency
  •  “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

 

Sponsors

These brands believe in empowering women within the bike industry by helping them build the knowledge, connections, and tools that they need to take the next step on their journey.

 

Media

We’re not the only ones excited about the scholarship! Check out what others have to say:

UBI hires B Vivit, recipient of women’s mechanic scholarship

Pretty. Damned. Fast. at UBI

Bicycling Magazine on QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship

 

Questions about the scholarship?

Email womensscholarship@qbp.com and we will do our best to get back to you within 3 business days.