WTF Bike Explorers have opened their SJ Brooks Scholarship, an annual program named after the founder of the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes, a group dedicated for those who identify as women, trans, femme, or non-binary. Sadly, Brooks was killed by a mountain lion while riding outside of Seattle two years ago.
The scholarship distributes funds, gear, and bikes to winning applicants. In total, $18,000 will be distributed between 9-18 winners, with each being awarded $1-2,000. Nine recipients will be awarded a bike and camping package that is valued at $3,000 from brands like Blackburn Designs, Chrome Industries, Evo, BikeTiresDirect, Revelate Designs, and Velocio.
The scholarship is only open to those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and are also FTWN-B (femme, transgender, woman, non-binary, intersex, genderqueer).
Nine others will be offered a bike valued between $2-4,000 from either Specialized, Kona, Surly, or Bosch.
Applicants are required to complete a written application, or submit a 1-2 minute audio or video file.
The scholarship opened on August 6 and will remain open until August 27. Apply here.
Interested in donating gear or funding for the program? Email the group at email@example.com.