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|Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund|
APBP’s Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund honors the memory of beloved transportation activist Susie Stephens, remembered for her joyful enthusiasm and her passionate commitment to making bicycling and walking safe and convenient transportation choices. Susie's spirit and optimism touched everyone who knew her. The Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund honors her life by awarding scholarships to APBP members to attend APBP’s Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in odd-numbered years.
Remembering Susie Stephens (1965 - 2002)
Susie died in 2002, just a few weeks before her 37th birthday, when she was hit by a bus while legally crossing a downtown street in St. Louis. She was in St. Louis working as a consultant for the National Center for Bicycling and Walking to help run a conference on transportation choices--a sad irony.
Susie grew up mostly in Spokane, Washington, and attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. At the time of her death, she lived in Winthrop, a small mountain biking town on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. After Susie’s death her mother, Nancy MacKerrow, began The Susie Forest, a project that honors Susie’s activism and commitment to creating livable communities by planting urban trees. A Susie Tree was planted near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis in 2011.