Cross Country Scholarships

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Long-distance runners have the ability to push through when the finish line seems far away. These endurance skills can also be useful in the hunt for college scholarships. Many colleges in hopes of building an impressive track team offer athletic scholarships to cross country runners. While talent may be necessary for many NCAA scholarships, cross country runners also need to maintain a minimum GPA in order qualify for financial aid and to participate on a school’s track team. NCAA scholarships aren’t the only options available to cross country athletes. There are several long-distance running groups and organizations that also help runners pay for college. You don’t need to have the best time in order to qualify for cross country scholarships. Just take a look at this directory for scholarships that can help you add to your college funding.

Sports Unlimited Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors, college freshman, and college sophomores who are active participants in any sport. To apply, students must submit an essay about an experience overcoming adversity to achieve athletic success.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 25
2019

Meldon Law Scholar Athlete Program

This scholarship is open to high school seniors in the North Central Florida area (Columbia, Dixie, Marion, Alachua, Gilchrist, Bradford, Hamilton, Madison, Putnam, Suwanee, and Union counties). Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a major contributer in their sport.

Total: $1000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 1
2019

Fisher Cats Foundation Scholarship

New Hampshire and Massachusetts graduating high school seniors are eligible for this award. Students must participate in athletics; applications will be judged on academic performance, athletic achievement, and citizenship.

Total: $2500 Awards:  12
Deadline:  May 1
2019

Exercise for Life Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who are athletes and have cystic fibrosis. Applicants must demonstrate scholastic ability, athletic ability (as evidenced by regular exercise), character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance, and daily compliance to cystic fibrosis therapy.

Total: $10000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school juniors who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students must participate in an individual or team sport sponsored by a school or local club.

Total: $2000 Awards:  73
Deadline:  May 31
2019

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Athletics Scholarship is offered to high school seniors and undergraduate students without regard to any particular sport.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 19
2019

Margaret Parsons 'Porky' Moss Scholarship Fund

This award is for U.S. female students who are graduating from South Charleston High School. The applicant must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher to be eligible.

Total: $600 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 15
2020

Donald S. Groves Scholarship Fund

This award is for U.S. high seniors graduating from Nicholas County High School who are athletes and current residents of West Virginia. The applicant must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher to be eligible.

Total: $2800 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 15
2020

Columbia College of Missouri Talent Award

This award is for U.S. students who are planning to attend or are currently attending Columbia College of Missouri. Students must demonstrate talent in art, music, or athletics to be eligible for this award.

Total: $3000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  February 1
2020

John A. McCluskey and Helen McCluskey Scholarship

The John A. McCluskey and Helen McCluskey Scholarship scholarship is available for graduating African American seniors at Middleton High School in Middletown, Ohio who display a passion for athletics. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 14
2020

UNF Dorothy G. Johnson Family & Friends Endowed Scholarship

This award is available for Florida resident students who will be enrolled in a University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services teacher certification program as a junior or senior at the time of award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to UNF student athletes.

Total: $1200 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 14
2020

FLAG Flag Football Scholarship

This award is available for graduating high school seniors in Massachusetts who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Applicants must participate in athletics and serve as a constant role-model or advocate for LGBT causes.

Total: $1 Awards:  5000
Deadline:  February 22
2020