Four scholarships awarded by USA Cycling Development Foundation
The winners of the John Stenner Memorial Scholarships are Brent Gillespie (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) and Jill Behlen (University of Wyoming), and the winners of the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarships are Jack Tomassetti (Florida State University) and Andrea Napoli (University of Nevada, Reno).
The John Stenner Memorial Scholarships are based on academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and service to the community with an emphasis on collegiate team involvement and leadership. Stenner scholarships are funded by donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation in the name of John Stenner, one of the founders of collegiate cycling.
The Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarships are based on outstanding achievements in the areas of cycling safety, advocacy and education. The program is funded through the USA Cycling Development Foundation by directed donations from the friends and family of Joshua Kuck, a University of South Florida collegiate cyclist who was killed on his bike in 2007.
BRENT GILLESPIE – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
An Exercise Science major that boasts six consecutive semesters on the Dean’s list, Brent Gillespie is the 2011 male recipient of the John Stenner Memorial Scholarship. Gillespie, who serves as President of the New Mexico Lobo Cycling Club, had several notable cycling accomplishments in 2011. These included upgrading to category one in mountain biking and earning his club the job of host school for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Angel Fire, NM. Gillespie plans to attend medical school upon graduation from the University of New Mexico.
JILL BEHLEN – University of Wyoming
Twenty-year-old Jill Behlen is the female winner of the John Stenner Memorial Scholarship. The junior holds a 3.9 GPA so far as a Molecular Biology major, a feat which has earned her the Peak Achievement Award and also a spot on the school’s honor roll. Despite her full academic schedule, she still finds time for extracurricular activities. Behlen works as Vice President of the University of Wyoming Cycling Club and is also a member of the University of Wyoming Nordic Club. At the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, Jill won the Division I women’s individual omnium.
JACK TOMASSETTI – Florida State University
Another Exercise Science major, 21-year-old Jack Tomassetti is the male recipient of the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship. The senior has a 3.18 GPA so far and is in the Florida State University Honors Program. A big part of the FSU Cycling Club’s recent reorganization and rebuilding, Tomassetti helped the club to double its membership. Additionally, the senior is an active part of several Tallahassee-based cycling advocacy groups including Capital City Cyclists, Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association, and the Committee for a Bikeable Community.
ANDREA NAPOLI – University of Nevada, Reno
Andrea Napoli is the female winner of the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship. A graduate student in Land Use Planning Policy at the University of Nevada in Reno, Napoli, had a good year of racing in 2011 with a Collegiate National championship title in the Division I downhill contest, and also a win in the four-cross at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Pro GRT event. Napoli works with several Reno-area advocacy groups where she works with children’s programs and to develop new recreational bike facilities. She has been active in the UNR Campus Cycling Club advocacy group, and also as a volunteer for the Truckee Pump Track Project and the Reno Kiwanis Bike Program where she refurbishes bikes for students in low-income schools.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners! Additionally, the USA Cycling Development Foundation would like to recognize Fort Lewis College cyclist Missy Erickson with an honorable mention for putting forth very strong application packets for both awards.
Four student-athletes have been recognized by the USA Cycling Development Foundation with the annual John Stenner and Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarships.
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