Robert Erickson's third bike tour raises scholarship donation total

Posted: October 13, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

Former Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustee raises more than $222,000 overall

Robert Erickson, a former Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustee has raised $15,884 on his third annual 2,300-mile bike tour to create scholarships for part-time students. To date, Erickson has successfully raised more than $222,000 over three years.

Erickson, 58, rode his bike to the 53 state college and university campuses. He was received with pancake breakfasts, hotdog feeds, receptions, police escorts and many riders joining him on his ride. Bike raffles were a popular source of donations at three of the colleges. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation and college and university foundations will distribute scholarships with donations generated from the bike tour.

Throughout his month-long bike trip, Erickson raised public awareness about the struggles of part-time adult students who he says are not treated fairly by Minnesota's current financial aid program. Erickson completed his bike tour Sept. 23 at Normandale Community College.

"Throughout the communities he has visited, Bob Erickson brought significant attention to the issue of financial aid for part-time students," said Catherine McGlinch, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation executive director. "The initiative he's taken with this issue is exceptional, and we are very proud that he is the chair of our Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation."


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.