If you can earn a scholarship to attend college, why not for other types of higher learning — such as bicycle touring?
The Adventure Cycling Association is offering two scholarships for young adults aged 18-25 to attend one of its educational courses this year.
The recipients will receive the costs of traveling to the course and the cost of the course (which includes meals and accommodations). Since they’ll need the right tools, they’ll also receive a new touring bicycle outfitted with panniers and other touring gear.
After attending either an Introduction to Road Touring course or Leadership Training Course, the scholarship recipients will perform outreach activities for their communities.
Executive director Jim Sayer says the group is undertaking the scholarship “to ensure that the next generation learns to love bicycle touring.” It was created with a matching donation from board member Andy Bauer and his wife Betsy.
The application process ends Feb. 1, so get started now (the application includes an essay and references): Application for scholarship.
Here’s a link to more information about the program: Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship
List of educational courses: Educational courses
The road touring courses will be offered this year in Oregon, Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin. They include two days of classroom instruction and a four days out on the road.
The four-day leadership training classes are scheduled in Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas.
This is a great opportunity for young adults who want to learn more about bicycling touring, or those considering a career in outdoor group leadership.