American Legion Riders offer motorcycle safety scholarship

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The American Legion Riders ALR Post 355 of Penn Yan is sponsoring an essay contest for the Beginners Basic Motorcycle Riding Course. The scholarship competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 who would like to be sponsored to have the motorcycle safety training.

One winner will be chose to have the ALR pay the tuition cost for the Beginners Basic Motorcycle Riding Course. This course allows participants to get a NYS motorcycle license, great training and insurance reduction all at once! Motorcycles are provided to use as part of the beginners training course.

Criteria for Selection

Write a 300 to 500 word essay that responds to the following questions:

Why should the American Legion Riders organization sponsor you for taking the motorcycle safety course and why is it important for you to have this training? If you were selected for this scholarship would you be willing to volunteer and support he American LEgion and the veterans who have served and protected this country? How would you do this?

All submissions most be postmarked by April 21, 2011 to: American Legion Post 355, 2001 Himrod Rd., P.O. Box 362, Penn Yan, NY 14527 Attn: Jeffrey Matthews, ALR Pres.

Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Matthews, Chairperson for the competition. Phone 315-536-9536 (leave message) E-mail matthewsjv@roadrunner.com (subjected Motorcycle safety).

Judging will be done by a committee of the ALR members who will evaluate each essay based on its content and response to the questions. A rating scale using multi-vote method will be used. The essay with the highest vote will be the winner. Names of the applicants will be removed during the evaluation to allow judging on the content of the essay only. Winners will be announced by the end of April.

Depending on the date, location and registration requirements of the training provider chosen by the recipient, it will be necessary for the ALR to provide tuition reimbursement to the winner as an alternate to upfront payment to the training provider. Many training providers require payment to accept a registration form. THe ALR will provide payment to the winner upon completion of the course and proof of certificate of training. It is the winner's responsibility to pre-register for the appropriate class. The ALR will not be responsible for cancellation fees. Training musts be completed by the end of the year 2011.