Ride 4 Education, a scholarship program for junior athletes in the Twenty16-Sho-Air organization, announced the first three recipients of an $8,000 award Friday. The program, co-founded by Twenty16 general manager Nicola Cranmer, team director Mari Holden, and former Major League Baseball star (and cycling enthusiast) Barry Bonds, was initially slated to provide scholarships to two eligible athletes, but donors added a third award due to a tie for the second scholarship spot.
The inaugural recipients of the scholarship are Marta Morris of Colorado, who will be attending Marian University, Zoe Mullins of Florida, a student at Milligan University, and Hannah Arensman of North Carolina, who will be selecting a college in early spring of 2016.
The Twenty16 Ride 4 Education Scholarship provides direct financial assistance to junior athletes for college tuition and books. It was designed to reward achievement in cycling and also to highlight the value of education and community involvement, a trio that Twenty16 calls the three pillars of the program.
The scholarships, which are funded by individual contributions to Twenty16 and its non-profit operator Tam Cycling, are awarded to full-time high school students or first-year college students to supplement their college tuition while they continue to pursue cycling. Grades, leadership qualities, and community involvement all factor alongside racing and teamwork in the selection process.
“I am so proud of the Zoe, Hannah, and Marta. I have enjoyed working with each of them the past two years,” said Ride 4 Education co-founder Mari Holden. “All three have such a strong work ethic and really did a great job on our team. I am happy that they will be the first three recipients of the Ride 4 Education scholarship.”