2018 Application – Deadline to apply December 10, 2017
Anne Marie McSweeney loved cycling and loved sharing her experiences with others. Anne Marie laughed a lot at cycling camps and on cycling tours. But now her laugh is gone— she died when her car collided with an RV in Klamath Falls, OR on June 24, 2006. She was only 45 years old. After a long career at Microsoft she had moved to Bend, OR where she was active as a community volunteer.
In honor of Anne Marie and her enthusiasm for cycling and in conjunction with the UMCA’s purpose to promote long-distance cycling, a scholarship fund has been set up in her name. The scholarship fund is administered by the UMCA and by funded by donations, which are tax-deductible. The fund provides a one-week PAC Tour cycling training camp partial scholarship to a female cyclist each year that funds are available. Candidates must make their own arrangements to attend the camp of their choice.
McSweeney Scholarship Fund
A committee, appointed by the UMCA, will review all scholarship applications, based on the selection criteria below. Candidates will be chosen based on their interest to gain mentally, physically and emotionally from the educational experience of a PAC Tour Training Camp, which encourages responsible and enjoyable adult behavior on a bicycle at all times. We hope that the chosen cyclists will come away from the camp with a joy for life, a generosity of spirit and a respect for the skills, techniques, mechanics and dynamics of being a cyclist. This is what we believe Anne Marie would want.
Preference will be given to:
- First-time PAC Tour Camp attendees. The applicant should state her reasons for attending the camp as well as her experience with PAC Tour Camps or other cycling camps.
- Women with 1-3 years of cycling experience who will use the instruction in nutrition, technique and training to become better cyclists. The applicant should briefly describe her cycling history and the types of riding she enjoys.
- Applicants who have already demonstrated an interest in sharing the joy of cycling with other women by work they have done — in their local club or at a community, state or national level. The applicant should also state how she plans to use the camp experience to nurture women’s cycling in the future.
- Applicants who plan to use the PAC Tour camp experience to achieve a specific goal, and that goal should be stated in their application essay. Whether it is to complete her first century, join a women’s cycling team or compete in a long distance event like RAAM, the loftiness of the goal need not be important, but the applicant should use the camp experience to raise her game a notch.
The scholarship is limited to a contribution to help with the cost of a Desert Camp. The scholarship does not include travel or meal expenses. The women are assigned a roommate at camp, and are responsible to bring (or ship) a bike to/from camp. No rental bikes are provided. Women must wear a helmet while riding the bike. The women are required to ride daily, and attend all meetings, seminars and functions. UMCA Directors and Officers, selection committee members and their immediate families are ineligible for this scholarship. Following the camp, the women are required to submit a written summary of their experience to the Ultracycling Board for posting on their web site.
The Application Form must be submitted by December 10, 2017 to the address on the bottom of the form.
Questions? Contact the UMCA Contact Scholarship Team
More information about PAC Tour at www.pactour.com
The UMCA is a non-profit (503c) organization. We accept donations to support our McSweeney scholarship for women. You can specify the amount (in multiples of $25) in the shopping cart.
Thanks for your support!
Donate to the McSweeney Scholarship – $25