USA Cycling introduced Friday the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund, a new collegiate program which will annually award two scholarships to student-athletes who excel in the areas of cycling safety, advocacy and education. Funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, the Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the collegiate cyclist whose name the program now bears.
Joshua Kuck moved to Florida in 2005 to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa where he was passionate in his endeavors to establish a collegiate cycling team. Throughout the process of organizing and leading the USF Cycling Team, Josh made many friends. On the bike, he proved himself a true domestique, often sacrificing his own results in order for his teammates to succeed. When touting his accomplishments, it was always those of the team instead of his individual success.
On October 21, 2007, while riding in a century event with his USF teammates near Tampa, Josh was hit by a truck and taken from his family and friends. His life ended long before he realized his full potential. USA Cycling, along with Josh's family, friends and teammates, decided to honor his memory with a scholarship fund which supports the efforts of those dedicated to bicycle safety, advocacy and education projects to keep similar tragedies from taking any more of our cycling friends.
The Joshua Kuck Memorial Scholarship Fund is the second collegiate scholarship program to be offered by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, joining the John Stenner Memorial Scholarship Fund. The programs are funded by directed donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation. Interested student-athletes should visit www.usacdf.org.