A collection of cycling companies has collaborated to provide 10 scholarships for women to attend the United Bicycle Institute (UBI), with the goal of providing a pipeline into the industry for female talent.
UBI, SRAM, Liv, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), Pedros, Park Tool, Nuu-Muu, and the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition will provide the scholarships to UBI’s Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop, covering lodging and the $1,800 in tuition costs associated with the two-week course.
“It can be challenging for women to join the bike industry, and it will take numerous efforts to create a talent pipeline,” said Alix Magner, QBP’s Distribution Sales Manager and QBP’s scholarship program manager in a press release. “This is one step, and we’re thrilled at the level of initiative from our partners to start leading change in how women are included in our industry.”
The scholarship is aimed at women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics. Applicants must be currently employed in a bike shop, at least 18 years old, and U.S. residents. The scholarships can be applied to UBI’s February, March, or April sessions.
The application process is open from October 20 to November 15, and winners will be notified by December 19. Interested parties can apply at qbp.com/womensscholarship.