Radical Adventure Riders honors and passes on SJ Brooks’ legacy to future radical adventure riders through an annual scholarship.
With the SJ Brooks Scholarship, RAR seeks to increase access to cycling opportunities by providing financial, gear, and bicycle support for BIPOC cyclists who are trans, non-binary, genderqueer, two-spirit, femme, or women.
The 2021 SJ Brooks Scholarship is now live & accepting applications!
The application is available in both english and español.
Applicants must be BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and TWIG (Trans, Women, Intersex, & Genderqueer). All applicants who do not identify as BIPOC should spread the word to BIPOC cyclists in their community circles.
Thank you to the cycling community and industry for showing up and raising almost $24k to provide up to twenty SJ Brooks Scholarships for 2021!
Your donation goes directly toward financial stipends for the scholarship recipients to use– to help pursue a spirited bicycle endeavor on their terms.
Supporting the SJ Brooks Scholarship will expand your company’s footprint on increasing racial equity and gender inclusivity in the cycling community. Learn more on how to get involved and get in touch to support.
For the 2020 SJ Brooks Scholarship, we received 200 applications, and the reality is that there were more qualified applicants than we had scholarships to give. Learn more about the 2020 scholarship, the companies who supported it, and the sixteen recipients.
Past Scholarship Recipients
In 2018 and 2019, RAR provided a total of ten scholarships for BIPOC and FTWN-B folks to attend the WTF BX Summits. Recipients also received financial stipends, gear packages, and bikes based on need. Learn more about the past recipients!
Who was SJ Brooks?
A community organizer, experienced cyclist, and beloved by many, SJ was the founder of the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes, a social cycling group for BIPOC who are women, trans, femme, or non-binary. In August of 2018, SJ was scheduled to speak about FOB– as part of the queer people of color panel– at the RAR Summit. On May 19, 2018, SJ was fatally attacked by a cougar while biking in the wilderness with a friend outside of Seattle. SJ’s death was a massive loss to the cycling community. They were a positive light who worked tirelessly to create change.
Each year, the community and sponsors will support recipients who need funding, gear, and/or a bike for their radical adventure that carries on SJ Brooks’ legacy. A direct effort to bridge the gap between industry/companies and BIPOC cyclists is to reduce some of the financial and material barriers required to pedal to new horizons.
Thank you to the generous companies for supporting the SJ Brooks Scholarship with gear and funding. If your company would like to get involved, please email us at email@example.com.