Monday, August 14, 2017

RRCA Roads Scholar Applications Due September 1 2017

The RRCA Roads Scholar program is designed to help (financially) athletes who have recently left college and are trying to make a career as a professional distance runner. Please see the details below. Applications are due on September 1 2017!

Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholar program
Since 1996, the Road Runners Club of America has awarded 118 grants totaling $5​​65,000 through its Roads Scholar program to assist American post-collegiate road runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes.  As of 2016, over 60% of the grantees (60 total) have gone on to run at the Olympic Trials after receiving the grant in either the Marathon or distance events for Track.  Three grantees, Deena (Drossin) Kastor​, Amy (Yoder) Begley, and Alexi Pappas (for Greece) earned spots on Olympic Teams.
Grants in the amount of $5,000.00 per year have been awarded to four to six athletes annually since the program’s inception. The ​program was created to improve the state of long distance running in the United States.

The program is directed towards runners who:

  • Are U.S. citizens
  • Have recently graduated from college (or whose class has graduated)
  • Plan to pursue elite distance running as a career
  • Expect to earn less than $35,000 from all sources during the calendar year
The deadline to apply for a 2017-18 Roads Scholar grant is ​September 1, 2017

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