Scholarships

In 2020, moved by his personal experiences participating in the rides, veteran Bike Adventure rider Mark Murphy approached us with a novel idea: creating a scholarship fund that would help more people get their first taste of our rides and raise up future leaders. We said, “Great!”

Each scholarship is funded by donors to help new riders meet their fundraising requirement and to assist with internships and support. 

When you apply for a scholarship, you may apply for up to 50% of the fundraising requirement as well as for a bicycle! (More on the bike below.) 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so it is best to apply early. 

Scholarship Requirements:

  • First-time rider OR Age 26 and under
  • Your portion of the match must be majority fundraised rather than self-paid.

Preference will be given to ideal candidates described by the following:

  • Age 26 and under
  • Demonstrated interest in volunteering or serving 
  • In need of fundraising assistance
  • An ideal rider (attitude, interests, athletic aptitude)

Preference is given to riders who intend to participate in an entire multi-week summer ride rather than 1-2 week rides or segments.

Scholarship applicants may also apply for a bicycle to use for training and on their ride with us! The bicycles are limited to Whole Way riders on events of 4+ weeks who do not have another suitable bicycle for their ride. How it works:

  • Bicycles are used, good condition road- or touring-style bikes that we receive through friends who manage or own bicycle shops. They are fitted for size, but not further customized.
  • Bicycles can be picked up or shipped to riders after they have registered and reached $1,000 raised.
  • Maintenance or replacement parts that may be needed along the way are at the rider’s expense, as if it was their bike.
  • At the end of their ride with us, the rider may opt to purchase the bike for $300 or may keep it for free if they surpass their fundraising requirement by $1,000 or more. 

The first step is to apply for the scholarship.

All first-time Fuller Center Bike Adventure riders are welcome to apply for a scholarship here. It’s a simple application! Finalists will be contacted for a brief video interview.

Your application is for all scholarships — no need to complete a separate application for each one.

Scholarships are created and funded through donations. Since scholarship funds are spent down over time, new donations help to keep them going. You may donate to any of the scholarship funds below, or send a check (instructions here) by adding the scholarship name in the memo section.

Each scholarship is named in honor of someone.

Yes! With a gift of $500 or more a potential scholarship will be listed here, and once it reaches $2,000 or more it becomes an official scholarship for that year’s rides. The scholarship fund may be named for you or someone you choose, subject to FCBA approval. Not only will a scholarship help to introduce someone to the FCBA family, it will help a family have a decent home in which to live.  

The official scholarships will be honored through inclusion on our website, jerseys (if funds received before October 1), trailer and in other ways.

Funds raised through a scholarship will not count towards a rider’s requirement, but the founder of that scholarship fund will receive credit towards their all-time totals.  

2024 Scholarships

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Joan and Walter Hartman Memorial Scholarship

Walter and Joan Hartman will always be remembered as loving parents with big hearts. Joan passed away in 2016 and Walter passed away this year. After raising 5 children of their own, their hearts still had enough love left to foster, and go on to adopt, 4 children. Two of these children have special needs and nobody else wanted them, yet they welcomed with open arms.

They lived their lives in service to others. Joan always loved children and became like another grandma to many of the children she cared for.

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Pastor Arne M. Walker Scholarship

Pastor Walker is a passionate Lutheran confessing Christian who has dedicated his life to his congregations. Pastor Walker imbued his youth groups with love for Christ and adventure frequently taking them on primitive explorations of the Canadian boundary waters or on long-distance cycling. He incorporated many of the same Christ centered principals (Word, Fellowship, and Service) that FCBA would later also use. Pastor was an early supporter of Millard and Linda Fuller, renaming our youth group Koinonia in their honor.

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Joan and Walter Hartman Memorial Scholarship

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Walter and Joan Hartman will always be remembered as loving parents with big hearts. Joan passed away in 2016 and Walter passed away this year. After raising 5 children of their own, their hearts still had enough love left to foster, and go on to adopt, 4 children. Two of these children have special needs and nobody else wanted them, yet they welcomed with open arms.

They lived their lives in service to others. Joan always loved children and became like another grandma to many of the children she cared for. She often helped out at the church daycare. She watched someone’s children when an emergency arose or simply to bless a family with a need. Walter mowed the grass at church and drove the church van to pick up those who couldn’t drive to church. Walter used his understanding of finances to help many people who needed guidance. Walter and Joan were involved with Jessica and Friends Community and Human Life Services locally and supported many charities both national and worldwide. Both Joan and Walter always had a smile on their face and a kind word for everyone they encountered. They dedicated their lives to loving and serving those around them in community.

This scholarship is created in their memory that it might inspire others to live a life of service.

Pastor Arne M. Walker

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Pastor Walker is a passionate Lutheran confessing Christian who has dedicated his life to his congregations. Pastor Walker imbued his youth groups with love for Christ and adventure frequently taking them on primitive explorations of the Canadian boundary waters or on long-distance cycling. He incorporated many of the same Christ centered principals (Word, Fellowship, and Service) that FCBA would later also use. Pastor was an early supporter of Millard and Linda Fuller, renaming our youth group Koinonia in their honor.

Arne M. Walker is a Lutheran pastor (ELCA) who graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and the Lutheran School of Theology. He started his ministry in 1957 and remains a passionate force in the Lutheran church. In his early ministry, he served parishes in Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and Wisconsin before decades-long durations at Grace Lutheran of Lily Lake (St Charles, IL) and finally at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, TN. Pastor is also the author of two books detailing his years in ministry: Even I Will Learn To Dance and A Trail Less Hiked available at Amazon.

Pastor Walker’s avocation for 59 years has been volunteer work with male teens who had been removed from their homes by the juvenile court. This time also included 20 years of chaplaincy ministry at Illinois Youth Center (St Charles, IL).

He was an early follower and supporter of Millard and Linda Fuller after reading “Love in the Mortar Joints”. He renamed the teen ministry from Luther League to Koinonia in honor of the Fuller’s work in the mid 70’s and coincidentally modelled his church cycling ministry in a manner very similar to Fuller Center Bike Adventure (sleeping on church floors, stringent cost controls, self-supporting, raising funds for greater good).

As a church pastor, he excelled at developing an active youth ministry in which he challenged the youth to interact with the outside world in order to gain better perspective and empathy. This interaction included trips to inner-city churches of Chicago for multi-cultural exchange and worship. He also involved these youth in his ministry at Illinois Youth Center, having them participate in some rather bruising basketball games with the “residents”.

Pastor also shared his love of the great outdoors with his youth. He regularly led trips to the Canadian Boundary Waters and included church foreign exchange students and residents from the Illinois Youth Correction Center. These trips were challenging events in which the crews left on multi-week excursions from the base camp totally self-supported and often involving significant portages hauling canoes and backpacks multiple miles between lakes (the Grand Portage was nine miles).

An even bigger part of his “outdoor ministry” was sharing his love of cycling. Arne started “Bike Hikes” in the late 60’s, designing them after the three Biblical principles for a Christian church: the Word, Fellowship, and Service. Initial church cycling trips started off with a confirmation class riding their bikes 20 miles round trip to the local community pool but rapidly expanded to include trips to Rockford, IL (Loves Park), Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, Tennessee, a circle around the Great Lakes, and even a six week trip to Europe. All told, these cycling trips covered more than 25,000 miles and raised over $50,000 for charities such as Habitat for Humanity. Former President Jimmy Carter honored his cyclists for raising enough money to buy three lots used during a Chicago build day.

This scholarship has been established by members and former members of the Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake with love and respect for Pastor Walker. He changed our lives and altered our trajectory for the better…we LOVE you Arne!!

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