Presented by

Kate Courtney

In Partnership with SCOTT, Syncros, SRAM and RockShox


The Sparkle On Scholarship presented by Kate Courtney in partnership with SCOTT, Syncros, SRAM, and RockShox recognizes and supports student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to education and the cycling community during their time with NICA and will attend college.

Congratulations to the 2022 class of Sparkle On Scholars:

An-Mei Ellisor | Dane Grey | Nora Ellis | Elliot Crowder | Kiera Ramirez | Zoë Harbertson.

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About the Scholarship:

The Sparkle On Scholarship was created by professional cyclist and NICA NorCal Alumna, Kate Courtney, to recognize the often-difficult transition to college and the challenges of balancing college studies and a passion for cycling. The goal of the scholarship is to assist with the financial burden of college and encourage recipients to continue to integrate cycling into their college life while striving for academic success. The ideal candidate is one who during their time with NICA showed determination in pursuit of academic and athletic goals and a commitment to the cycling community and intends to continue to support and participate in cycling in college. Some examples of participation in cycling include, racing at the local or collegiate level, trail stewardship, volunteering with NICA or other cycling groups, and forming or joining a ride group.

The scholarship is awarded to six seniors from NICA leagues and consists of a monetary award of $6,500 each, mentorship in the form of quarterly calls with Kate during their first year of college and participation in a Summit focused on skill building, both on and off the bike. Need will be taken into consideration in the selection process.

The Sparkle On Scholarship application will open March 1, 2023 and close midnight March 21, 2023 for graduating NICA student-athletes who will attend college for the 2023-24 academic year. Finalists will be contacted by the end of April 2023.

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