The Union Bank of California Foundation has given a $25,000 check to establish a scholarship program in honor of the late Scott Bleifer, a Santa Monica resident, cyclist, and Union Bank employee who was killed last year on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu while training for a bike race.
Bleifer, 41, was also a member of the Velo Club, a bike club based on the Westside since 1969.
Bleifer had been training for the Arthritis Foundation Amgen California Coast Classic — an eight-day, 500-mile charity ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that was held 14 days after Bleifer was struck by a catering truck.
The collision also killed another cyclist, Stanislav Ionov, of Calabasas.
More than 400 local cyclists gathered in October for a 40-mile ride to honor Bleifer and Ionov.
“This generous scholarship is a solid example of the community support for Scott and his life, his legacy and his love of cycling, and to honor those who continue to demonstrate a commitment to furthering the cause of cyclist and road safety in Southern California,” said Velo Club board member Dan Weinberg.
Bleifer was a graduate of Beverly Hills High School and received an undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in real estate development from the University of Southern California.
“Scott had a tremendous passion for his work and for cycling, and this is something that the Union Bank of California Foundation can do to keep Scott’s wonderful spirit alive,” said John Stephan, a Union Bank senior vice president.
The funds went to the Velo Club and Bleifer’s family for establishment of the scholarship fund.