February 23, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The BikeSmart Scholarship program is aimed at young adults from the City of Toronto who will be receiving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma by the end of the 2008-09 high-school academic year and moving on to a post-secondary program. The program intends to support young adults in their continued education by providing a bike that can be used to get them to and from school.
One male and one female applicant will be provided with a cycling package valued at approximately $1,000:
– A city bike for commuting to school
– A bike bag and a cycling jacket that makes sure they can ride in almost any condition
– A helmet, lock, bell and other accessories
– Applicants must be a student in a City of Toronto high-school who has been accepted into a post-secondary program, including but not limited to university, college, apprenticeship and professional certification/training.
– There are 2 scholarships available in 2009; one for a male application and one for a female applicant.
– Applicants must provide proof of acceptance into a post-secondary program commencing September 2009.
– For consideration, applicants must submit a 500-word essay explaining how they will use the bike, the role of cycling in promoting healthy lifestyles and how cycling contributes to a liveable city.
– Consideration will be given to students between the ages of 17 and 21 with financial need.
– Receipt of the scholarship will be based on the merit of the application, and the final decision will be made by a committee of community volunteers.
– Completed applications must be received by email or mail post-dated by April 30, 2009 and selection will be completed by June 2009.
APPLICATION SHOULD BE SENT TO: BikeSmart Scholarship c/o Hello VÃ©lo Unit 103, 260 Carlaw Avenue Toronto, ON, M4M 3L1
Download an application here For more information or media inquiries, contact Paul Parker at 416-850-8935.
Hello Velo is Toronto’s newest cycling performance store with a focus on supporting racers, triathletes and long-distance charity riders. The owner, Paul Parker, loves cycling and thinks Toronto needs more people on bikes. The BikeSmart Scholarship is an exciting program that will make a demonstrable difference in the life of a student in need and may even inspire them to pursue cycling as a sport.
Other initiatives that Paul has led include coordinating local community clean-ups, the Tour de Creemore 160 charity bike rally and sitting on the board of a community advisory committee. Paul is also the team owner and a racer on a local elite/masters cycling team.