One of the goals of the Anchorage Running Club and the Anchorage RunFest is to raise scholarship funds for Alaska high school runners to help out with their education expenses. Each year ARC receives dozens of applications and chooses outstanding students to receive college scholarships. In 2019 ARC awarded five high school graduates, scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each .
2019 Scholarship Recipients
High school: Bartlett High School
College plans: Taiyah plans to major in business management/marketing at Portland State University.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student
Community service: Student Supply Drive with Catholic Social Services; Thanksgiving Blessing; Seeds of Change; two year volunteer with HUGSS
Running experience: Track and Field high school teams four years; Most Outstanding Freshman Award; Most Improved Athlete Ward, Sophomore Year; four Region Championship medals; 2nd place State Championships medal for 4x100 meter relay Junior year
About Taiyah: Taiyah has always been a passionate runner and an active person. She finds excitement in watching track and field competition and competing at a high level. The adrenaline rush she feels from pushing herself all the way through the finish line to win never gets old. Taiyah has run track and field for roughly six or seven years since middle school, and over that time it has become therapeutic for her with anything going on in her life, whether academics or personal problems at home. She is grateful for her journey as a runner and an athlete at Bartlett. Running has always been one of her biggest motivators in life no matter how down she's gotten from injuries, shame in life, or depression. She says, "Everything was alright at 2:30 p.m. when I ran with my peers."
High school: Bartlett High School
College plans: September plans to major in political science with a minor in sociology at Valley City State University.
Academic accomplishments: UAA Scholars recipient
Community service: HUGSS 2018; Thanksgiving Blessing 2018; Muldoon Elementary 2018-2019; Anchorage Public Library 2018; Seeds of Change 2019
Running experience: Varsity track 2015-2016; Varsity track 2017-2018; Varsity track 2018-2019; XC 2018
About September: September has been running since the age of six and her passion and love for running has continued twelve years later. September is a varsity sprinter and has competed in regions and state multiple times. She plans to attend VCSU on a track scholarship. After completing her undergraduate degree she would like to pursue her J.D. (Juris Doctorate). Her dream is to attend Howard Law School. “As my high school running career has come to an end I’ve realized your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.”
High school: Service High School
College plans: Rachel plans to major in health science at University of Alaska Anchorage
Academic accomplishments: National Honor Society 2017-19; magna cum laude graduate; Seal of Bi-literacy (German); AP student
Community service: middle school tutoring; Vacation Bible School leader; Anaktuvuk Pass volunteer worker
Running experience: track 2016-19; varsity 2017-19; captain 2018/19; "Heart of the Cougar" award 2019
About Rachel: In addition to four years of track, Rachel also was a varsity rifle team member as well as captain. She likes to play piano and aspires to teach on the side. After her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend Eastern Washington University to become a physical therapist. She loves working with kids and often helps with the children at her church.
High school: Dimond High School
College plans: Kylie plans to study Communication Sciences and Disorders and run collegiately at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student; National Honor Society; multiple Gold Star awards recipient; AP Scholar with Distinction Award; Mu Alpha Theta Member 2017-2019
Community Service: Pioneer Hall Event Volunteer 2015-2019; Zonta Club Member 2016-2019; Beanie Boxes Project 2017-2018; Thanksgiving Blessing 2014-2017; Top Soccer volunteer 2013-2016
Running experience: Varsity XC 2015-2018; Varsity Track 2016-2019; XC MVP Award 2015-2018; XC Team Captain 2017-2018; XC Athletic Council Representative; Prefontaine Award
About Kylee: Kylie was a lettering member of cross country and track in high school, participating in state for both teams all four years. She loves to run outside of school too, participating in Mt. Marathon and the Tuesday Night Race Series. Kylie has been playing soccer her whole life and joined the high school ski team in her junior and senior years. After her undergraduate education, she hopes to get a masters to become a speech pathologist. “The down to earth friends and community across the globe that running fosters helps assure me that wherever life takes me, I will never be alone.”
High school: West High School
College plans: Clarice will attend Western Washington University where she intends to study international relations.
Academic accomplishments: graduate of West High's International Baccalaureate Program and the Spanish Immersion Program; Seal of Bi-literacy (Spanish and French).
Community service: Student Conservation Association; Annual Neighborhood Food Drive; Interact Club; Key Club; National Honor Society; Women of West Club
Running experience: one year on the WHS XC team; four years on WHS Varsity Track and Field team with focus on the high jump, 400 meter, and 1600 meter relays; 1st place at State Championship in 2018 and 2019 with the 1600 meter relay
About Clarice: In addition to running, Clarice rowed while in high school and that is the sport she intends to pursue at Western Washington University. She hopes to use her fluency in multiple languages for international relations work. Service on an international level (perhaps the Peace Corps) and international translation constitute two possible fields she may enter. Clarice says, "I am very interested in how international communication, cooperation, and understanding could prevent the possibility of future conflicts."