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.

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: $20000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  December 15

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 12

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 12

Bucknell University Athletic Scholarship

This award is available for students who are attending Bucknell University and intend to participate in one of the sports programs that are currently recruiting.

Total: $1000 Awards:  8
Deadline:  January 15

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

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

Violet McIntyre Scholarship

The Violet McIntyre Scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County, Florida who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a demonstrated passion for writing.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Tom E. Halley & Carl W. Parks Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County who have a grade point average between 2.0 and 3.0. Selection will be based on participation in community service, athletics, and other community organizations.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Ann Liguori Foundation Sports Media Scholarship

This scholarship is available for upperclass undergraduate women who are majoring in communications or journalism. Applicants must reside in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York, and must demonstrate participation in athletics and sports.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 26

Salute to Education Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Miami-Dade or Broward counties in Florida who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply in one of the following categories: athletics; foreign language and language arts; leadership/service; mathematics/computer science; natural science; performing arts; social science; or visual arts and vocational/technical programs.

Total: $1500 Awards:  140
Deadline:  February 05

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

Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox (TN), Loudon, Roane, Sevier, or Union Counties of TN. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must participate in the Youth Athletic Program (YAP) of the Knoxville Track Club.

Total: $950 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 15