National Bike Summit Scholarship

Congratulations to this year's Summit fund winner - Alison Percifield !

Alison has been a cyclist and an on and off bike commuter her whole life. When she moved to Portland in the fall of 2015 her car broke down in the middle of the Badlands in South Dakota. Unable to afford the necessary repairs to her car and having little interest in maintaining a vehicle in the city, she switched over to biking full time. She edged into the bike community when she first arrived in Portland by fixing her own bike at Bike Farm, where she currently volunteers as the president. Since adopting the commuter lifestyle, Alison joined Portland Society to find a way to connect with other bikers in on non-male dominated space. Alison works full time as a Production Manager at Quantum Spatial, a 3D mapping company where she oversees Lidar and Orthoimagery projects and facilitates a partnership with PDX Women in Tech. Alison is excited to attend the National Bike Summit as our representative and we wish her all the best!

The National Bike Summit, March 9-12, 2019, is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. 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 partially cover the cost of the Summit, roundtrip airfare to Washington DC, modest accommodations, and some meal expenses.

By awarding this grant, Portland Society will:

Support more female voices at the National Summit.
Represent Portland Society at the national level.
Give women across the country tools to create their own PS-like organizations.
Leverage skills learned at 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 their business.

The recipient will remain an active participating member of the Portland Society for the year after the award.
The recipient will attend the summit as the representative of the Portland Society, putting those interests ahead of other professional interests.
The recipient will present what they learn at the Summit to the Portland Society at a monthly meeting.
The recipient will leverage their social media networks to promote their attendance and the Portland Society goals before, during, and after the event. Specifically they will post at least 2x-day while attending the event using their platform of choice.
The recipient will serve on the selection committee in subsequent years.

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

Fund recipients:
2019 - Alison Percifield
2018 - Alexa Jakusovskzy
2017 - Kate Walker
2016 - Carrie Leonard
2015 -
2014 -
2013 - Lillian Karabaic
2012 -


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: