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Rockland Road Runners Scholarship

The Rockland Road Runners will award $1,500 scholarships to one male and one female high school senior who is graduating in June 2017. To be eligible, students must:

  • Participate for their school’s track and/or cross country teams;
  • Reside in and attend a Rockland County high school, or have a current Rockland Road Runners membership;
  • Volunteer for at least one RRR race from May 2016 to April 2017;
  • Excel academically;
  • Plan to attend college;
  • Demonstrate strong character and leadership qualities.

Scholarships will be granted in early June 2017.

Each scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and the grants will be awarded in early June 2017, when the students will be finishing their senior year. One male and one female student will be chosen. Additional, smaller awards will be granted to other deserving students. Number and amount of these awards will be determined by the funds raised for the calendar year.

Applicants will be invited to an interview session during which we can evaluate the student’s character and assess their qualifications for the award. They will also be asked to compose a written essay responding to questions from our committee. We will also require a letter of recommendation from a non-relative adult who interacts regularly with the student, such as a guidance counselor, teacher, coach or other authority figure.

Students may volunteer at any of our five major club races from May 2016 to April 2017:

  • July 2016: Women’s Distance Festival 5K, at Rockland Lake
  • Sept. 2016: South Nyack 10-Mile Run, in South Nyack
  • Nov. 2016: Thanksgiving Day 5-Mile Turkey Trot, at Rockland Lake
  • March 2017: Bill Fortune 10K/5K, at Rockland Lake
  • April 2017: Hook Mountain Half Marathon & 5K, at Rockland Lake

The more races that students volunteer for, the greater their chances of securing the scholarship. Community service letters are also available to any student who volunteers at a race. Rockland Road Runners will make the final decision on the applicants in June 2017, and winners will be notified immediately thereafter. Applications can be downloaded below, or mailed to you on request.

The deadline for applying is May 12, 2017.

For further information, contact our committee chairs at scholarship@rocklandroadrunners.org.

2016 Recipients

Patrick Hennelly

Patrick Hennelly

2016 Male Winner
Suffern High School
Attending: Manhattan College

Congratulations to Patrick for a successful high school career and excelling in his community! Patrick was awarded a $2,000 scholarship in June 2016.

Skylar Gill

Skylar Gill

2016 Female Winner
Nyack High School
Attending: Hunter College

Congratulations to Skylar for a successful high school career and excelling in her community! Skylar was awarded a $2,000 scholarship in June 2016.

In addition to our main scholarship winners, in 2016 we recognized the following students with $750 scholarship awards:

  • Kyle Kondracki, Pearl River High School
  • Riley Miller: Clarkstown High School North
  • Kristen Carbone, Nanuet High School
  • Arjun Sharma, Clarkstown High School South

and the following students with $500 scholarship awards:

  • Leonardo Price, Clarkstown High School North
  • Kaitlyn Palacios, Nyack High School

2015 Recipients

Daniel Diaz

Daniel Diaz

2015 Male Winner
Clarkstown High School North
Attending: State University of New York at Binghamton

Congratulations to Daniel for a successful high school career and excelling in his community! Daniel was awarded a $1,500 scholarship in June 2015.

Kaitlyn Lavan

Kaitlyn Lavan

2015 Female Winner
Pearl River High School
Attending: Fordham University

Congratulations to Kaitlyn for a successful high school career and excelling in her community! Kaitlyn was awarded a $1,500 scholarship in June 2015.

In addition to our main scholarship winners, in 2015 we recognized the following students with $500 scholarship awards:

    • Liam Mallon, North Rockland High School
    • Naomi Philip, Clarkstown High School South
    • Patrick Metcalfe, Pearl River High School
    • David Sherman, Clarkstown High School North

2014 Recipients

Adam Klein

Adam Klein

2014 Male Winner
Clarkstown High School South
Attending: State University of New York at Oneonta

Congratulations to Adam for a successful high school career and excelling in his community! Adam was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in June 2014.

Cecile Garfunkel

Cecile Garfunkel

2014 Female Winner
Nyack High School
Attending: Virginia Commonwealth University

Congratulations to Cecile for a successful high school career and excelling in her community! Cecile was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in June 2014.

In addition to our main scholarship winners, in 2014 we recognized the following students with $500 scholarship awards:

    • Liam Purdy, North Rockland High School
    • Sarah Murphy, Clarkstown High School North
    • Elissa Muenzer, Clarkstown High School South
    • Skyler Miller, Clarkstown High School North