GILBERT, Ariz. (BRAIN) — USA BMX has awarded $45,000 in scholarships to 31 collegiate athletes as part of the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Program. The dollar figure is up from $31,000 last year thanks to increased participation in the fundraising races named after the late Warnicke, a noted leader in promoting the sport of BMX racing.
The individual scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and help students and their families meet the costs of undergraduate college, trade school or other higher education. USA BMX/BMX Canada members who have a current membership or track operators and officials who participate in BMX racing events sanctioned by USA BMX/BMX Canada are eligible to apply.
Two students were awarded top-level $5,000 scholarships this year: Blake Foxx, a photography student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and Heather Collman, who is studying psychophysiology and physical therapy at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky.
"The sport of BMX has most definitely been the biggest influence on my career choice," said Devon Melanson, who was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and is enrolled in the Police Foundations Program at the Humber Institute of Technology in Ontario, Canada. "It has led me to know that whether I decide to become a police officer or choose a career in criminal investigations, I am meant to help people and to provide positivity to people's lives in any way possible."
For more information on the Bob Warnicke Scholarship program — including instructions on how to apply — go to the USA BMX website.