Scholarships Available to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Application process ends March 31

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Ten scholarships are now available to women who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Cycle Gear, a manufacturer of motorcycle apparel, is donating $10,000 to fund Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM) scholarships that will help women in need pay for the course that teaches how to become a motorcycle rider. The WCM is a group dedicated to doubling the number of female riders by 2020 and does so by working with with interested organizations.

To implement Cycle Gears donation, WCM is partnering with Big Apple Motorcycle School founder and president Diane Ortiz to establish a program for six basic rider and four experienced rider scholarships. The 10 scholarships will be awarded to promising female motorcyclists through an application process. The courses will be held at The Big Apple Motorcycle School in Long Island, New York, with classes taught by certified motorcycle trainers.

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The six MSF Basic RiderCourse (BRC) scholarships are valued at $350 per deserving student. Each scholarship includes a three-hour e-course, five-hours of instruction, 10-hours of on-motorcycle training, bike rental, helmet, and gloves, as well as a waived New York state motorcycle road test if the course is successfully passed.

The four MSF RiderCourse Skills Practice (BRC2SP) scholarships, valued at $125 per rider, includes in-depth riding techniques and procedures for experienced riders. Motorcycle, gloves and helmet are not included.

For more information and to apply for the motorcycle scholarship click here.Submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Women attend a ladies-only MSF Basic RiderCourse taught by women.

To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must be a member of WCM. A basic membership is free. To apply for membership, visit Paid memberships of WCM, industry partnerships, and matching funds contributions provide the horsepower for scholarship awards such as these.

The remaining donation from Cycle Gear has gone to or is earmarked for other womens motorcycle training initiatives like scholarships to the Girlz MotoCamps and Riders for Health.
Visit to find out more about how WCM intends to meet its objective of doubling the number of female riders by 2020.

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9 thoughts on Scholarships Available to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

  1. Seems to me if you can’t afford the lessons, how are you going to afford the bike and license endorsement, riding gear, insurance, etc. I know I’ve put out thousands in these things, and although I already knew how to ride, a course here only costs $350. $1,000 per person is not realistic. It’s a good program I’m sure, but the things I mentioned need to be considered as well.

  2. I think this would be a great experience for me. I would love to learn to ride. I have several friends that have motorcycles. But I am the one that always gets left behind because I don’t know how. I had a 1997 Yamaha Virago at one time but had to sell it for money to pay some past due bills.

  3. This is wonderful! I also hope to spread the joy of motorcycling to girls and women of all ages building female ridership with Dirt Bike Girl Adventures! Cycle Gear has a proven record of getting involved in motorcycle related issues and are great advocates for our sport! I’ll be sure to pass this on on my social media pages!

    1. Please contact the WCM directly to find out about other scholarships that may be available.

  4. The article was great! Do you all offer something like that in all states or would you all be willing to offering a discount in other states? My daughter is 20 and she wants to learn to ride. I offered to pay for the class because I want her to be safe. You all are great and I always find great information when I read the articles.

    1. Thank you for the feedback, Wynetta. You’ll need to contact the WMC directly to inquire about other scholarship opportunities other than the ones specifically highlighted in this article.

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