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.

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

Beverage Industry High School Scholarship

This award is available to current high school seniors in California who have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is a proprietor of an establishment with a California liquor license, or who is employed full-time by an individual or corporation holding a California liquor license. To be eligible, the applicant must have participated in one or more of the following extracurricular activities during his/her junior and senior years of high school: community service, athletics, music or th...

Total: $5000 Awards:  38
Deadline:  February 15

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:  March 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: $1000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 01

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 04

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

UWANTGAME Leaders in Sports Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who attend high school in Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; or New York, New York; students must participate in a high school athletic team in select sports or attend the Business of Sports School in New York, New York. Students must demonstrate financial need and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  May 31

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:  May 31

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:  June 01

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:  June 15

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

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