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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.

Race to Inspire Essay Contest

The Race to Inspire Essay Contest is available for undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S. who are active runners. Click here to learn more about how you can apply today!

Total: $500

Awards: 1

Deadline: August 15, 2020

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

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 01

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: $167

Awards: 27

Deadline: May 01

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

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: $1500

Awards: 73

Deadline: May 31

TFMJF Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

Current undergraduate women in Nevada are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be majoring in public relations, communication, media studies, marketing or journalism and must be planning to pursue a career in sports or sports broadcasting.

Total: $1000

Awards: 4

Deadline: November 17

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who are currently involved in high school or after-school sports. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $20250

Awards: 20

Deadline: January 03

Pride Foundation Varsity Athletics Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. citizens who have been living in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska for at least one year. Applicants must have experience in participatory athletics, and preferably, at the varsity level. Preference is given to self-identified LGBT students, members of LGBT families, and straight allies who have been supportive of the LGBT community.

Total: $4160

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 10

Daniella Altfield-Moreno Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Latino/Latina youth under age 25 with a preference for students involved in athletics and students committed to LGBT equality.

Total: $4160

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 10

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