250 kids received Trek NICA Scholarships in 2021!

In February 2021, Trek introduced the Pathfinders Scholarship to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to youth mountain biking by providing people of color with the bikes, gear, and resources they need to overcome historical barriers to the sport.

Since then, we received more than 500 individual applications from student athletes representing 97 teams from over 26 states, and after an intense review process, we awarded 250 of those applicants with Pathfinder Scholarships.

The application window for the 2021 Scholarship is now closed. Check back in February 2022 for information on Fall League Scholarships.

Who can apply?

Applications can be submitted by coaches, student athletes, or parents of athletes. Recipients must be NICA student athletes of color.

What's included in the scholarship?

The Pathfinders Scholarship provides recipients with a Trek Marlin mountain bike, helmet, shoes, accessories, and a kit. Additionally, recipients receive a stipend to cover NICA league membership fees and entry fees for a full season of racing.


NICA’s mission is to build strong minds, bodies, character and communities through cycling. They develop interscholastic and community-based cycling programs for student athletes and coaches across the country.

NICA prioritizes confidence and camaraderie over competition, and it builds character and relationships along the way. You don’t have to win every race or PR in a ride to feel the empowering effects of the sport. If you show up, hop on the saddle, and give it your all, you’re sure to surprise yourself with the things you can accomplish.

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High school mountain biking is blowing up

There are more than 26,500 kids currently racing mountain bikes on more than 1,000 teams in 30 state leagues in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. Under NICA’s leadership, organized interscholastic cycling is helping both today’s youth and adult coaches become healthier and more engaged members of their communities. We had the opportunity to visit a race at the private Trek Trails in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and experience the movement firsthand. Watch the video to see the awesomeness that ensued.

The Pathfinders Scholarship is just one facet of our ongoing commitment to fighting systemic racism in the cycling industry and beyond. Read our plan to learn more about our other initiatives and meet some recipients of last year’s Pathfinders Scholarships.

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