Sparkle On Scholarship


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 academic and athletic excellence during their time with NICA and will attend college and continue to compete in mountain bike racing.

The 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 racing. The ideal recipient is one who demonstrates excellence in the broad sense of the word, not just as represented in race results and grade point average, but in the attitude and effort with which they pursue greatness. The scholarship’s core goal is to support student-athletes committed to education and racing by providing financial support and mentorship during the first year of college. 

The Sparkle On Scholarship is awarded to four seniors from NICA leagues and consists of a monetary award of $10,000 each, 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. 

The Sparkle On Scholarship application period will open in the Spring of 2022 for graduating NICA student-athletes who will attend college for the 2022-23 academic year and are seeking to balance mountain bike racing with college studies. Please check back here for additional details in early 2022. 

Congratulations to the first class of Sparkle On Scholars - Darcie Bushee,  Toby Hassett, Justin Peck, and Gwendolyn Sepp. Learn more about the first class of Sparkle On Scholars HERE

Question? Email scholarships@nationalmtb.org.