Each year, subject to budget approval, the Greater
Framingham Running Club (GFRC) will present a College Scholarship to one male
and one female high school senior. The
scholarship award for 2019 will be $500 for each recipient.
The scholarships will be presented to local high school
runners who plan to attend either two or four-year accredited college or
university and also intends to run cross-country, track or recreationally while
in college. We’ll look to ensure that
the winning applicant exemplifies dedication, leadership, running talent,
commitment and academic achievement.
That is, the award will not necessarily go the runner in the greater
Framingham area with the most success in running, but the track or
cross-country team member who has always been committed and consistently works
hard to persevere, combined with academic achievement.
Applicants need to submit a brief statement describing what
running means to them. This statement
will accompany their coach’s supporting statement.
The eligible high schools are any public high school or
schools within a town that has at least five GFRC members with a family
membership counting as one. The
membership list as of October 31 for the previous year is the eligibility
determinant. All seniors attending these high schools are
eligible for the scholarship. For 2019, this means that the eligible high
schools are Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Keefe Tech, Natick, Lincoln-Sudbury
The cover letter and application will be sent to each high
school scholarship point person.
Students will need to engage their track or cross-country coaches
to provide a short (one or two paragraphs) statement as to why the athlete
deserves the award, based on the criteria noted above.
Schools with be notified between January 15 and January 31
with a return deadline of March 31.
The GFRC Secretary will receive all applications, and remove
all names from the applications, then package and distribute the applications,
identified by number only, to the GFRC Scholarship Committee. This is done to ensure a fair process, and
avoid the appearance of any impropriety. Membership on the GFRC College
Scholarship Committee will be open to any member of the GFRC in good standing
who volunteers to be on the Committee.
The GFRC College Scholarship Committee should have approximately 3-5
volunteers by the January monthly meeting. The Committee will announce its
decision of the scholarships at the April or May monthly meeting and the
decision of the Scholarship Committee is final.
The Committee will then need to work with the recipient’s school to
determine the proper protocol for student and public notification.
Two GFRC members will present the awards:
The GFRC President or
Vice President (or one of their designees from the Scholarship Committee) and a
scholarship committee representative agreed upon by the scholarship committee
The two presenters will travel to the appropriate high
school awards night (typically in May) to make the presentation.