National Bike Summit Scholarship

The National Bike Summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill, and the Women's Forum is a preceding event specifically for women in the cycling advocacy community. For more than a decade, the attendance of bicyclists at the Summit has helped increase investments in bicycling at the state and local level. The $1250 Portland Society Fund Grant will be awarded to one current Portland Society member to cover the cost of the Summit, the Women's Forum, roundtrip airfare to Washington DC, modest accommodations, and some meal expenses.

Our 2018 scholarship winner is Alexa Jakusovszky. Lex grew up in the mountains of Colorado and moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. While earning a degree in international affairs, Lex fell in love with the bike culture and community of Portland. She is a regular Pedalpalooza participant and a former Portland bicycle tour guide. Most recently she worked as a legislative aide for State Representative Karin Power, where she interacted closely with transportation policy and advocated for the prioritization of Safe Routes to School funding.

Lex is interested in the major social role bikes have played throughout time and specifically their advancement of women’s liberation. This led her to get involved in the Portland Society early in 2018. She is deeply drawn to equity and is excited to continue advocating for a safe, truly accessible mix of transportation in our state.

By awarding this grant, Portland Society hopes to:

  • Support more female voices at the National Summit
  • Represent Portland Society at the national level
  • Inspire other women across the country to create their own PS-like organizations
  • Bring information back from the Summit for the betterment of the cycling community and active transportation in Portland
  • Support the grant recipient to make business and personal networking connections, and possibly promote her business
  • Have the grant recipient communicate what she learns at the Summit to the Portland Society at a morning meeting
  • Execute the mission of Umbrella, the organization that oversees this fund, “to encourage community-based street culture and develop streets as vibrant, safe, and welcoming public spaces that serve communities.”

Contact either:
Carrie Leonard, former grant recipient and head of this year’s grant committee -
April Streeter, Portland Society board and grant committee member -


The Portland Society Fund is a project of Umbrella.

Umbrella is a 501c3 associated with Portland Society, which is a 501c6.

Donations to the Fund go directly to support professional development for emerging leaders in active transportation, and can be made by clicking "donate" button below:

Membership Options


  • sliding scale: $6 - $10 - $15 - $20 per month (see link with dropdown below
  • 10 hours of volunteer work per year - more info here
  • sprout/sage discount: members aged under 25 or over 60: $25 per year

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