The Rock River Road Runners are in our fifth year of offering scholarships to deserving local runners. The first year we offered only one $500 scholarship. In 2009 we offered two $500, in 2010 two $400 and in 2011 we offered two $500 scholarships.
The winners have been from Newman, Sterling, Fulton, and Eastland. Forms are given to the schools in towns which our Rock River Road Runners members live. The forms tell more about the requirements for applying. We look for kids who have running as part of their lives and believe in lifelong fitness. In other words, you don’t have to be a star track athlete to receive these scholarships. However, sometimes they are.
The scholarship committee conducts several fundraisers during the year. The committee and executive board members meet and read through the applications. We use a number system to rate each applicant in several categories. We crunch the numbers and come up with the recipients. Someone from the board or committee tries to present the scholarship at the respective winners’ awards ceremonies.
This year the Rock River Road Runners awarded 4-$500.00 scholarships to area seniors who use running as a life time activity.