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QBP Expands Bicycle Industry Scholarship Programs for 2022

QBP Expands Bicycle Industry Scholarship Programs for 2022

Posted on Mar 4th 2022 | QUARTERLY DISPATCH, NEWS, ADVOCACY,

This spring, Planet Bike is partnering with Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) to help expand QBP’s mechanic scholarship program for 2022. The goal is to create a cycling industry that is more accessible, inclusive and diverse. Four distinct scholarships will award 48 individuals with tuition and lodging at either the U of Q Institute in Colorado Spring, CO or the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, OR. Recipients will sharpen their bike mechanic skills and advance their careers with in-depth, hands-on training.

If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the links below to more program details and the applications. The application deadline is April 8th 2022:

Bike Mechanic Gender Diversity Cohort

This scholarship is focused on the education of how to service and maintain all parts of a bicycles with the most current best practices within the industry. Eligibility is for women, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit and agender individuals who are currently employed at a bicycle retail or non-profit shop.

Bike Mechanic Racial Diversity Cohort

Take your bike mechanic skills to the next level with in-depth and hands on training on how to service all parts of the bicycle based on the most current industry standards. The scholarship is available to BIPOC individuals who are currently employed at a bicycle retailer, non-profit shop or graduated from a community bicycle program.

DEI Bike Mechanic Scholarship – Beginner

The goal of this program is to teach individuals fundamental bike maintenance skills in a classroom setting to help build a resume for a potential career in the bike industry. This is available to northwest Arkansas residents who identify as women, LGBTQ or are BIPOC, Hispanic or Marshallese and are not currently employed in the bike industry or have formal bike mechanic experience.

DEI Bike Mechanic Scholarship – Advanced

Focused on taking your bike mechanic skills to the next level with in-depth, hands-on training on how to service and maintain all aspects of the bicycle using the industries current best practices. This scholarship is available to northwest Arkansas residents how identify as women, LGBTQ or are BIPOC, Hispanic or Marshallese and are currently employed in the bike industry and have basic bike mechanic experience.