One of the goals of the Anchorage Running Club is to raise scholarship funds for graduating Anchorage high school runners to help out with their education expenses. Out of the dozens of applications received for 2018, the volunteer committee selected four deserving running scholars to each receive a $2,500 scholarship. Running club scholarships are funded by proceeds from our races. The winners of this year's scholarships have been chosen for their academic excellence, commitment to the community and passion for running.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
School: Grace Christian
College attending: Amy plans to study exercise science at George Fox University.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student, NHS 2016-2018, Student Body Vice President 2017-2018.
Community service: Grace to Alaska Missions 2014-2017, Habitat for Humanity 2016, Sunday School Teacher 2016-2018, Sixth Grade Girls Bible Study Leader 2017-2018, Junior High Mentor 2017-2018.
Running experience: varsity XC team 2014-2017, "Rookie of the Year" 2014, XC team captain 2017, "Spirit of GRACE" 2017.
About Amy: Amy ran on the cross-country running team for three years in high school, eventually becoming a team captain in her senior year. In addition to running, she has played soccer for many years, and will continue to do so with the women's soccer program at George Fox University. Amy eventually plans to attend graduate school and learn to become a physical therapist. "Cross country running has taught me that to run the race of life, I must lead with strength and sensitivity and continue to fight even if I find myself in the gravest of circumstances."
School: Chugiak High
College attending: KayLee plans to study human movement sciences at Utah State University.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student, Seal of Biliteracy (Spanish), Released-Time Seminary.
Community service: Harvest for Humanity 2014, Eagle River Food Bank 2014-2018, Magic Yarn Project 2015-2018, Alaska Fine Arts Academy 2016-2017, Girls on the Run Junior Coach 2017-2018.
Running experience: varsity XC team 2014-2017, competed in XC State competition 2014-2017, varsity track team 2015-2018, XC team captain 2016-2017, track team captain 2017-2018.
About KayLee: KayLee has been heavily involved in both cross-country running and track and field throughout high school, attending regional and state competitions on both teams several times. She is also a talented musician, playing piano in her free time and singing in her school's choir. This summer Kaylee has a job as an athletic training assistant at OPA, learning skills that will help her achieve her goal of being a high school running coach. "I have become unshakable in my convictions, impervious to doubt, and confident in my abilities. I am a successful runner, now and forever."
School: Grace Christian
College attending: Levi plans to attend Whitworth University.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student, NHS, Student Body President 2017-2018.
Community service: Russian Encouragement Ministries 2014-2015, Royal Family Foster Kids Camp 2014-2016, Jr. High Track and Field Camp Assistant Coach 2015, STEM Community Outreach 2017-2018, Piano Accompaniment for Elementary Choir 2017-2018.
Running experience: track team 2014-2015, varsity XC team 2014-2017, XC team captain 2016-2017.
About Levi: Levi has participated in the cross-country running program throughout high school, becoming team captain his junior year. He spends much of his time running outside school as well, regularly participating in events such as Mount Marathon, the AK Distance Classic, and the Skinny Raven Weekly Pub Runs. After completing his undergraduate education he plans to attend medical school and become a medical diagnostician. "In Alaska, the running community consists of hundreds of individuals who always greet each other with cordial smiles and friendly conversation. As part of this community, running has allowed me to make lifelong friends who share common interests with myself."
School: East Anchorage High
College attending: Caleb plans to study mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines.
Academic accomplishments: AP Student, NHS, Seal of Biliteracy (French), Valedictorian Class of 2018.
Community service: Barnes and Noble Mini Makers Fair 2014-2016, FLL State Tournament 2015-2017, assisted Eagle Scout Project in Sign Restoration 2017, FLL Virtual Tournament in rural Alaska 2018.
Running experience: XC team 2014-2017, "Most Improved" 2014-2015, varsity XC letters 2015 and 2017, multiple "Athlete of the Meet" awards.
About Caleb: Caleb was a member of the cross-country team all four years of high school, working hard to improve and earning the designation "Most Improved" in his freshman and sophomore years. He has been heavily involved in robotics, competing annually in the FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition at local, state and international levels. His ideal occupation is one that will balance his love of the outdoors with engineering. "I can do anything that I put my mind to. No matter how big a problem seems or how dark times feel, I have the ability to push through and persevere."