Residence Inn by Marriott Student Scholarships presented by VELO Bike Club

When corporate and nonprofit worlds unite, they can create a synergy that multiplies in its benefit. This year one of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center%u219s Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (MWARBH) presenting sponsors, Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway, together with the Mt. Washington Valley Velo Club (MWV), created a new MWARBH Student Scholarship program.

The Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway opened in February 28, 2010 and already has rooted itself in the community by becoming a sponsor of the MWARBH (The World’s Toughest Hillclimb) and supporting a new student scholarship award benefiting two MWV Velo Club students.

This spring Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway contacted the Velo Club about creating a MWARBH student scholarship program. Members of MWV Velo quickly began looking at their membership, calling schools, and visiting bike shops for good potential student racers. The next steps were to sift through the resumes and applications and select the two best candidates, and they found them: Sean Doherty and Teo Jackson.

Sean Doherty, an incoming sophomore at Kennett High School, started road biking in the 6th grade and has done a majority of his cycling on a mountain bike. Sean has frequently participated in the Great Glen Trails Porky Gulch Classic, Summer Mountain Bike series and the Red Jersey Cyclery race series.

Teo Jackson is from Gorham, NH and is currently attending St. Lawrence College. Teo said once he received the call from the MWV Velo Club, he was both excited and hesitant. He has participated in the Mt. Washington foot race and Wildcat Wildman Biathlon to train for Nordic skiing, but never the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

“Neither Sean or Teo has ridden the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb before, but both are outstanding athletes,” commented MWV Velo member Becky Oleson. “The Velo Club is excited to get young people involved in the Valley; it is our mission to foster youth cycling in the community.”

Kim Jackson, general manager of Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway, is also excited to be involved in this student scholarship program. “What better way for Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway to reach out to the community than by joining with Tin Mountain and MWV Velo Club in creating a student scholarship program benefiting area youth cyclists,” noted Ms. Jackson. The program benefits two local riders by providing two highly coveted Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb racer slots.

*Photo From left to right…..Joanne Hastings (Sales & Marketing Coordinator Marriott); Becky Olsen (MWV Velo Bike Club); Sean Doherty and Teo Jackson (student scholarship recipients); Karl Pfeil (Tin Mountain Board member); Kim Jackson (General Manager, Marriott); Munsey Knox (Assistant Manager, Marriott).

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