ARC's Running Scholars 2015
One of the running club's ongoing missions is to provide scholarship funds for college-bound Anchorage high school runners . Every spring a volunteer committee sifts through dozens of applicants and chooses outstanding students who demonstrate a passion for running as well as academic excellence to receive college scholarships.
For 2015 ARC board of directors awarded four $2,500 scholarships to a group of very deserving Alaska students. Meet the ARC scholarship winners for 2015.
School: Polaris K-12
Alisa has participated in four years of cross-country running and three years of track and field. She has received a varsity letter each year. The award that she is most proud of is the Sportsmanship Award she received at the state meet.
Alisa plans on studying marine biology and political science at Western Washington University. Her goal is to participate in undergraduate research and complete her PhD in Marine Biology.
School: South Anchorage High School
Spencer participated in cross-country running all four years of high school. He was the captain of the team twice, MVP twice and went to State three times. He placed fifth in the CIC Cup his sophomore year and fourth his junior year. Spencer was also a member of the track and field team his sophomore, junior and senior years and went to state with the team.
Spencer will attend Brigham Young University where he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
School: Bartlette High School
Miguel participated in track and field all four years of high school. He was also a member of the cross-country running tea his junior and senior years.
Miguel plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical education with the goal of becoming a high school P.E. teacher as well as a cross-country and track and field coach. He will be attending Culver-Stockton College.
School: West Anchorage High School
Johanna has participated in four years of cross-country running and earned a varsity letter each year. She was the most improved runner her sophomore year. Johanna has also participated in track and field.
Johanna plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or biomedical engineering and eventually a doctorate in physical therapy. She will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall.