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A $400 college scholarship? Why bother...(17 posts)

A $400 college scholarship? Why bother...Bruno S
Nov 23, 2003 6:21 PM
I read in Cyclingnews that Easton and Cliff Bar are giving this year three college scholarships to young cyclists. Each of $400. I would have considered it an insult. You can read about it here:
Nov 23, 2003 6:36 PM
I did not read the article, but as a former college student (international student) paying out of state fees, working on campus ($200 every 2 weeks pay with $200 a month rent) I was friggen poor pisss broke. And this was at age 30. I worked my asss off, I was one of the top college students in the state. I went for every scholarship I could because I had to, so I got money for food and gas. If there was an event with free food, I was there. If they gave away free stuff (condoms, razors) I was there (the free condoms was a real bonus as I had a 19 year old Venezualan g/f - but thats another story).

Anyway, I friggen cried one time I got a $3000 scholarship.

So your story makes me cringe. To cut a the story short, working hard for those scholarships paid off, I own 3 buildings, have 3 bikes, nago, fondriest and a litespeed.... I work for myself and this is only 3 years from graduation jada jada ....

Moral of the story, fucin apply for the scholarship.
Noooooo......Bruno S
Nov 23, 2003 10:23 PM
I'm just complaining about how small are the scholarships considering that Easton and Cliff Bar are pretty big companies. A total $1200 a year between the two of them?
Nov 24, 2003 6:17 AM
I hear you on that one, I kinda got the gist of your message after I had posted.
Nov 24, 2003 4:13 AM
Amen to that...Great story and you've come a long way! Big congrats to you on those accomplishments. $400 is $400. Use it to buy the books! I didn't buy books in college because I couldn't! I went to the library and used those and went to lost and found to pick up a few...With $400, small money in one way, big money in another. Regarding your you have any pics? ;)
here is a pic of her.....african
Nov 24, 2003 6:22 AM
Yeah thanks. Sorry no real pics, I wish I had some, she was camera shy. Very unique looking girl. I thought she could be on the cover of fashion magazines.

Oh yeah this on is just a joke sorry...... I could not miss the opportunity to post this.
DANG, WOW, she is sweet!!!!wspokes
Nov 24, 2003 7:12 AM
We'll see how many check out that pic now! Whew...that is scary!
Why that'sSpecialTater
Nov 24, 2003 7:35 AM
mama! Can you send me the Colnago to make up for the 18 years without child support? I'll go away quietly ;).
re: A $400 college scholarship? Why bother...Bill B
Nov 23, 2003 7:19 PM
Like African said, every dollar adds up. A $400 scholarship pretty much means free(used)text books.
$400? That's a lot of beer... nmwooglin
Nov 23, 2003 7:27 PM
re: A $400 college scholarship? Why bother...divve
Nov 24, 2003 12:14 AM
I agree it's lame. They should include a lifetime supply of Cliff and Easton bars.
Having a daughter that's a freshman in college.....Juanmoretime
Nov 24, 2003 7:32 AM
any relief to my pocketbook would be and will be welcomed. I also agree that's a pretty small amount for companies of that size, I gave away more money than that last year to charities.
It's $400 NOT coming out of dad's pocket.Cory
Nov 24, 2003 8:36 AM
I suspect that whoever's writing the checks for the winner's tuition will be pretty damn glad to see that. I have one kid in college and one who's a senior in high school, and every buck helps.
If you're paying your own bills, think about how long you have to work at the average college-kid job to come up with $400. My son's tending bar just off campus for nine bucks an hour. By the time they deduct taxes, he probably has to put in two weeks, five hours a night, for that kind of money.
When did free money become badseabear
Nov 24, 2003 8:47 AM
This is a small team located in Charlotte, Nc
The Fact that they offer this is great.
Both of these companies are not giving out the money. It is come from the team.
so maybe they should be more clear on that...Bruno S
Nov 24, 2003 9:15 AM
from the article on cyclingnews and the team's web page it seems that the companies are the ones sponsoring the scholarships.
my experienceFTMD
Nov 24, 2003 9:37 AM
My Rotary club gives out four $500.00 scholarships each to each high school in the area. We considered giving just one $2000.00 award thinking that $500.00 doesn't help much, but were convinced otherwise by the district superintendant. His thought was that most of the students motivated enough to actually apply would be collecting $500.00 here and $300.00 there and that it does add up. Finally, that amount does cover books for a semester.

I was very surprised last year when we didn't have anyone apply from a school with about 700 kids graduating. We had to harp on the financial aid office in order to get some applications to consider.
re: A $400 college scholarship? Why bother...Long way out
Nov 24, 2003 12:08 PM
Bruno S

Open mouth insert foot. Easton and CliffBar are sponsors for the Charlotte Sports Cycling Team. This is an non-pro club that supports a road, mtb, and jr. team. The scholarships are for the Jr. that excel during the season and go beyond the call of duty to help promote our sport. At a minimum if you ride for Charlotte Sports Cycling you have to commit to 20 days of racing and at least 10 DAYS OF VOLENTEER WORK TO HELP PROMOTE THE SPORT. i.e.... working events, giving out free helments to kids that can't afford one, teaching bicycle safty to the community, etc... I know many of their riders and they spend more time promoting and growing the sport from the ground level than anyone else I've seen in the Southeast.

You might even be happy to ride for $400 in scholarship money if you knew the team rides EDDY MERCKX Team SC frames, Easton bars, stems, and seatposts, along with all the Clifbars and Cytomax you can get down in a season, and covers their entry fees all for FREE. I wish I could have had that deal as a Jr and a college student!!!!!!!!!!!!!!