Sparkle On Scholarship
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) has announced a new scholarship created by professional cyclist and NICA NorCal Alumna Kate Courtney.
The Sparkle On Scholarship presented by Kate Courtney in partnership with Scott, SRAM, and RockShox will recognize student-athletes who have demonstrated academic and athletic excellence during their time with NICA and plan to attend college and continue mountain bike racing.
“I know from experience that the transition to college as a student-athlete is often difficult and wanted to create this scholarship as a way to help with the challenges of balancing college studies and racing,” shares Kate Courtney. Recipients of this award will receive both financial support and mentorship to aid in their continued pursuit of academic and athletic excellence beyond NICA. “To me,” Kate continues, “excellence is not defined by race results or GPA, but in the attitude and effort with which individuals pursue greatness. I am excited to help support the next generation of NICA student-athletes as they continue to work hard and believe in their dreams.”
The Sparkle On Scholarship will be awarded to four seniors from NICA leagues and consist of a monetary award of $10,000 each and mentorship in the form of quarterly calls with Kate during their first year of college and career mentoring through SRAM. Those recipients without a bike sponsor and committing to race on Scott for the year will also receive a Scott mountain bike.
Steve Matous, President of NICA says, “having Kate establish this scholarship for NICA student-athletes is a testimony to her generous spirit and dedication to supporting the next generation of cyclists. The combination of academic excellence and the physical, emotional demands of racing help to build character traits that will serve these students and their communities throughout their adult lives.”
“We’re very excited to help support young talents on their journey as racers. Professional racing is part of our heritage here at SCOTT and Syncros, and it’s in the DNA of all our products. We believe that for bringing more people, and especially young people, on bikes, a program such as the NICA program is ideal and worth supporting.
With one of our most iconic athletes Kate Courtney, opening doors and paving the path for NICA talents, we couldn’t be happier to help see this scholarship project come to life and help support the future generation of racers,” adds Jochen Haar, Head of Bike Marketing, SCOTT Sports.
More information about the scholarship will be available from NICA on March 1st at https://www.nationalmtb.org/scholarships/