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.

Notah Begay III Scholarship Program

This award is available for U.S. graduating high school seniors who have been residents of New Mexico for one year or more and attend a New Mexico high school. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, be Native American with a blood quantum of 25 percent or more, and participate in high school varsity-level sports.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 13

Florida Striders Track Club College Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors who are runners or are active in track and field events. Students must have been residents of Northeast Florida (includes Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties) for the past two years.

Total: $1000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  March 15

Lee Brennan Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who are graduating from Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California OR are an active participant of a U.S. Diving Southern Pacific Association Diving Team.

Total: $2000 Awards:  17
Deadline:  March 15

Mark P. Tiner Scholarship

High school seniors graduating from the Santa Ana Unified School District, Anaheim Union High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, or the Fullerton Joint Union High School District are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, demonstrate financial need, and completed 300 or more community service hours over the course of four years.

Total: $1000 Awards:  15
Deadline:  March 15

Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainer's Association Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who attend a high school in Berks County, Penn., that employs or contracts with an athletic trainer. Students must have participated in student training in at least one sport for two or more years and must intend to pursue a four-year degree in sports medicine; first preference will be given to students who intend to become certified athletic trainers.

Total: $500 Awards:  6
Deadline:  March 15

Bob Caviness Scholarship

U.S. high school seniors with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher who will graduate form Hinkly High School in Aurora, Colorado are eligible for this award. Students must participate in the Robert Caviness Invitational.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 30

Jay Lamando Scholarship

This award is available for current high school seniors who are graduating from John Jay High School or Roy C. Ketcham High School. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate participation in sports, leadership, or other community activities.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

Lisa Moray Memorial Scholarship

This award is available to female high school seniors in Dutchess County New York who are involved in athletics and demonstrate leadership on and off the field.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

Maynard and Ferne Brownell Family Scholarship

This award is available to currently graduating high school seniors at Beacon High School, John Jay High School, or Roy C. Ketcham High School in the mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service.

Total: $750 Awards:  3
Deadline:  April 01

Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for graduating seniors at Arlington, Beacon, John Jay or Roy C. Ketcham High Schools in the Mid Hudson Valley region of New York state. Applicants must participate in school or community sports, and demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Total: $2000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  April 01

Paul S. Kleidman Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for current seniors at Arlington Highschool in New York state. Applicants must have been affected by the serious illness of a parent or close guardian.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

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