06-03-2005

05NR14 - MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund

MRF E-MAIL NEWS
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax)
http://www.mrf.org (website)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Miles France, Director of State Representative Program
miles@mrf.org (e-mail)

June 3, 2005

#05NR14 - MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund

Rider activists have recognized for some time that our membership and leaders are aging, and that there is a need to encourage younger people to become involved in motorcyclists' rights. To that end, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is pleased to announce that we have created a scholarship fund to recognize deserving candidates under the age of 31 who otherwise may not be able to attend the MRF's Meeting of the Minds conference.

The MRF has dedicated a limited amount of seed money to the scholarship fund to get things rolling. We are looking for additional contributions from individuals, national, state and local organizations and businesses that would like to participate in the program. You can visit the MRF website at http://www.mrf.org/yascholarship.php to make an on-line donation to the MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund. Checks made out to the MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund can be sent to: MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1808, Washington, DC 20013.

Nominations for the MRF Young Activist Scholarship will be accepted from either state or local state motorcyclists' rights organization (SMRO) groups, and must be submitted on an MRF-approved application form. You can use the application form online at http://www.mrf.org/yascholarship.php for a printable form in either text or pdf format.

CANDIDATE CRITERIA:

Nominated candidates must be thirty (30) years of age or younger on the first full day of that year's Meeting of the Minds.

Candidates must be a member in good standing of an SMRO. No time requirement for length of membership in an SMRO is required.

Candidates must be nominated by their SMRO. Nominations will be accepted from either state or local (district/chapter) SMRO groups, and must be submitted on an MRF-approved application form.

Nominations must be submitted no later than July 15th 2005.

Candidates are encouraged - but not required - to submit a three hundred (300) word essay on why bikers' rights are important to them. Should nominated candidates choose to submit an essay, they must do so no later than August 1 of the year in question.
Winning candidates will be announced via an MRF E-Mail News Release on or about August 15. All candidates will also received notification via the U.S. Postal Service, regardless of whether they were selected or not.

WHAT DO WINNING CANDIDATES RECEIVE?

One-year membership to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, effective the first full day of the Meeting of the Minds during the year in question.

Round-trip airfare to the MRF's Meeting of the Minds conference, or alternate travel expenses so long as those expenses in total do not exceed the cost of traveling by air. If an alternative mode of transportation is chosen, candidates will be required to provide receipts in order to be reimbursed (receipts will be accepted for tickets on other modes of transportation, hotel accommodations, gasoline and food purchased while traveling to and from the Meeting of the Minds conference). If there is any question about acceptable travel expenses, it is the responsibility of the candidate to check with the MRF prior to incurring said expenses.

Hotel accommodations at the Meeting of the Minds conference. Accommodations will include the hotel room only. Telephone, food, movie rentals, etc. will be the sole responsibility of winning candidates.

Meeting of the Minds conference registration and banquet fees waived.

Special recognition at the MRF's Meeting of the Minds conference. Said recognition will include a plaque, presentation of one-year membership, and other items or activities as approved by the MRF Board of Directors. Questions about the MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund should be directed to MRF Scholarship Committee Chair Miles France at miles@mrf.org.


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