RVRR Scholarship

2021 Scholarship Winners

SEAN CASTELLANO, Immaculata High School and NICOLE TEDESCO, Franklin High School

Scholarship Program


The Raritan Valley Road Runners’ (RVRR) primary objective is the promotion and encouragement of running. RVRR events raise funds which are used to host future running events and to promote running. RVRR is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting running for positive physical and mental health benefits. Accordingly, as a nonprofit, RVRR uses these funds to support running related activities and to raise the visibility of RVRR in the community. In this context, the RVRR board has created a scholarship program to help high school seniors and community college student runners, who attend school in Middlesex and Somerset counties, advance their education. It is also a way to reward, encourage, and recognize our local running youth who have achieved athletic success in the sport of running. The scholarship rewards strong academics and those who have demonstrated both citizenship and good sportsmanship. We are not necessarily looking for the best or fastest runners; what we look for is evidence of the student's enthusiasm for running. Financial need is a consideration. The program is funded through individual donations, donations made in memory of a loved one, funds from the club sponsored races, and business contributions.

Why does RVRR want to do a scholarship?

Given today’s higher education costs, any support for area runners is welcome. RVRR will award two $1000 scholarships each year to deserving runners who attend high school or community college in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey.

The benefits include:

· recognition and promotion of runners in our area

· raising the visibility of running among young people in our community

· encouraging local runners to pursue running and education

· raising the visibility of RVRR in the community, which might have the added benefit of increased membership.

Scholarship Process

RVRR will reach out to area coaches and schools to publicize the scholarship. Under the auspices of the RVRR Board, a 3-member volunteer committee will conduct the selection process. RVRR will award a one-time $1,000 scholarship to each of two local runners.

To promote the selected students, the process will be completed by April 1st so that their award can be included in Spring awards banquets. This will provide additional recognition for the scholarship recipients. We will release press notices to newspapers and local radio stations to announce the recipients.


  • Students graduating from any high school in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey in the spring semester or currently attending community college in these counties.

  • Enrollment into a full-time study program (12 credits) that will lead to either an Associate's or Baccalaureate degree. Applicants to provide acceptance letter from institution.

  • Passionate participation as a runner in either cross country or track & field in their junior and senior years of high school or currently participating in community college.

  • Weighted GPA of 2.75 or higher as demonstrated by a provided unofficial transcript.

  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement.

  • Displays exemplary citizenship and good sportsmanship on their running teams.

  • Plans to continue running in college and beyond.

  • Demonstrates a financial need.

Application Process:

The application is comprised of 5 parts:

1. Application Form (link below)– Complete and sign.

2. Short Essay – Written by the applicant, addressing the criteria listed in the application.

3. Letter of Recommendation – 1-page recommendation from the candidate’s running coach, emailed directly by the coach to the scholarship selection committee.

4. Unofficial school transcript – Proof of weighted GPA of 2.75 or higher.

5. Proof of Enrollment – proof of acceptance or enrollment in a 2- or 4-year college program.

Applications will only be accepted via email. The applicant should submit the Application Form and Short Essay, and the coach should submit the Letter of Recommendation. Please email all documentation to scholarship@rvrr.org

All components of your application must be received by January 31, 2021.

Selection Criteria:

It will be the sole discretion of the scholarship committee to determine the best candidate(s) among those applying each year.


Scholarships are awarded one time. The scholarship committee can choose not to award any funds in a given year.

Use of Funds and Distribution:

The award is intended for the use of the recipient in pursuit of post-secondary education. Funds will be issued directly to the student. Recipient agrees to have picture and highlights featured on rvrr.org.

2021 RVRR Scholarship Application (click here) (Please note, this is last year's application 2022 application will be uploaded soon.)

Donations can also be made in memory of a loved one. RVRR is a tax exempt organization under 501c3 and as such, donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible.

THANK YOU to our Generous Donors


5K DONORS (Up to $25)

James Heaton Jacobs, Jacqueline

Jianning Meng Anne Luck-Deak

Kevin Nedza Jason Mostow

Robert Palladino Tim Morgan

Xiangdong Ren Elmira Higoy

Peter Heimann Nicole Fahrenfeld

Yuhu Yan David Whitehead

Jane Liang Rachel Engelson

Thomas Aussem Michael Loenser

Martin Ella

Jackie Bartolotta

Jim Niezgoda

Mitchell Mond

Christine Prorock-Rogers

Zheng Zhang

Kimberly Czernikowski

10K DONORS (Up to $50)

Samantha Wu

Bruce Keele

Seebu, John

Half Marathon DONORS (Up to $100)

Ray Petit, in memory of Mary Ann Swift

Mengmeng Yu

Paul Grassie

Matthew Geibel

Marathon DONORS (Up to $500)

Mr and Mrs T Dalum, in memory of Tom O'Reilly

Imme Dyson

Alberto Artasanchez

Mr. and Mrs. Tom O'Reilly, in memory of Tom O'Reilly

Wendy and Matt Reed, in memory of Thomas Reed

Ultra DONORS (> $500)