AMHERST, Mass – University of Massachusetts Amherst Information Technology (IT) has organized a memorial bike ride and community event in memory of former student Hannah Frilot. The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6.
An avid bike rider, Frilot was an IT student worker whose energy and passion for advocacy and helping others left a profound impact on those around her. Following her death in 2014, UMass Amherst IT set up the Hannah Frilot Memorial Scholarship in her honor, awarding a $1,000 scholarship each year to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in STEM in which their gender is underrepresented, much like Frilot, who was an industrial engineering student.
With Hannah’s Ride, UMass Amherst IT looks to continue celebrating Hannah’s life with the community while raising funds and awareness for the scholarship, which received a record number of applicants this year.
The ride itself will span 17 miles, beginning and ending on campus at Lot 33, between Sortino Field and the Southwest Residential area. A shorter, “challenge” route will also be available. Registration forms can be found online at umass.edu/it/hannahs-ride or completed in person between 8 – 10 a.m. the day of the ride.
All riders will head out at 10:30 a.m., but students and community members of all ages are invited to take part in the entertainment, raffles, and other festivities throughout the day, including a performance by the UMass Drumline, a special “Bike Rodeo” put on by the UMass Police Department, an art tent with pieces for sale and more.
In the event of rain, Hannah’s Ride will take place at the same time on Sunday, Oct. 13. Additional information and updates can be found at the scholarship’s official Facebook page, facebook.com/FrilotFund.
Learn more about Hannah Frilot and the scholarship set up in her memory at umass.edu/it/about/hannah-frilot-memorial-scholarship.