Opportunity for "woman-identified" Grease Rag'rs
QBP, local distributor of bikes and bike parts, is doing a second round of scholarships for women to attend a professional training/certification program for bike mechanics. There are some concerns and questions that we have, which are included at the bottom of this post.
There are 16 scholarships, deadline is October 31st
One of the perks of being a Grease Rag volunteer is that we will write recommendation letters and help you with these types of opportunities! If you are considering applying, know that we have offers to proofread and strengthen your application. (We do need time so don't wait until the last minute!)
About the Scholarship
The Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship was created to provide talented women working at bike shops the opportunity to increase their technical knowledge in order to further their career in the bike industry, and to better serve and grow women ridership.
- Scholarship recipients will be chosen on the basis of their current success, experience, desire to serve and grow women as bike-riders as well as their future leadership potential in the bike industry. Each scholarship covers registration, tuition and lodging for the 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operation class at the Ashland Campus of United Bicycle Institute.
- Lodging will be provided by UBI.
- Travel to and from UBI and other expenses including meals are the responsibility of scholarship recipients. Recipients will receive a small stipend upon completion of the class to help offset travel and meal expenses.
- The scholarship covers attendance to the Professional Repair and Shop Operation Workshop ($2,100).
- This all-women session takes place February 29–March 11 at the Ashland, Oregon campus.
- The scholarship will be awarded upon registration for class and payment will be made directly to UBI.
- This open call for applications begins October 1 and will close October 31, 2015. Scholarship winners will be announced January 8, 2016.
- currently employed at a bike shop in the U.S./U.S. territory,*
- at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident,
- must sign a publicity/photo waiver and recipient agreement.
- must be available to attend the February 29–March 11 class at the Ashland, Oregon campus.
* Note: Volunteer/intern/trainee positions at non-profit/co-op shops are acceptable. “Bike shop” is defined as the following: Must sell bicycles, new and/or used. Must have specific posted business hours and a physical location. Must service and repair bikes.
Grease Rag's Concerns and Questions
We wrote a letter to QBP including the following questions. We will update this post when we hear back.
- Does this include transwomen? I would like to have this clarified because I would like to share this with our network, which is trans-inclusive.
- Please consider expanding your definition of "woman-identified" to other gender identities. Assuming the point of this scholarship is to provide opportunities to people who do not have male privilege, there are other identities that could benefit from this scholarship. For example- Females who do not identify as women, maybe identifying as a man with trans experience, or as genderfluid or non-binary. Grease Rag believes in the intersectionality of identities and we explicitly include people who may not identify as women, while at the same time excluding cis men.
Note: Volunteer/intern/trainee positions at non-profit/co-op shops are acceptable. “Bike shop” is defined as the following: Must sell bicycles, new and/or used. Must have specific posted business hours and a physical location. Must service and repair bikes.
QBP's Reply to Grease Rag's Concerns and Questions
We wrote a letter to QBP including the following questions. This is their response.
Thank you for your question! Anyone from the group (including trans women) can apply and explain why they should receive a scholarship, and we will consider your feedback for the future regarding our wording on scholarship eligibility.