5cholarship Eligibility Open to All High School Seniors
As the Las Vegas Track Club shifted gears in 2017 by going from a member-based club to a donor-based organization one of first things that happened was that the Scholarship Program, which has been the backbone of the club since the millennium (it was put into place in 2000), is no longer closed to non card-carrying members. It made sense initially to limit scholarships to LVTC members. It was benefit of membership. It encouraged those who would be applying for a scholarship to be involved with the club: run our races, volunteer to help at events, attend social functions, etc., since the Scholarship Committee took into account “LVTC involvement.” It was a case of looking after your own: “Only members need apply.”
As Scholarship Chair I was OK with that, but it always bothered me a little. As a 501c3 organization, which the Las Vegas Track Club was, and still is, it seemed to go against the idea of inclusion. We were giving money to support our charter, but we weren’t reaching out to the full community, in this case high school seniors who were runners and were headed off to college. By being exclusive to members, quite frankly, we weren’t always giving that financial boost to the “best qualified.” Usually, money was given to all who applied. Great for them, but something seemed amiss. It didn’t seem right that all you had to do was pay your dues and you could claim your prize. Well, now that’s changed.
Now any high school senior in southern Nevada is eligible. Otherwise the rules haven’t changed. It’s still a three-legged stool. We still weigh (1) academics; (2) athletics, with an emphasis on high school cross country and track, and youth running; and (3) citizenship. We do not take into account “financial need” per se, but it can be a consideration, along with other things like physical disabilities and other hardships. These “other things” can be brought out in the essay or the letters of recommendation.
We have tried to make the application package as compact as possible: cover letter, resume’, academic transcript, a short essay, and two letters of recommendation. (For an athletic resume, I go to athletic.net and add those findings to the package.)
I hope you flood me with applications this year! We are, as best as I can determine, the only game in town. Who else is offering scholarship money to graduating high school seniors who are runners? We will be looking for a final pool of candidates of up to 12 and will likely give away up to $15,000, with a grant range of $1000 to $3000. No strings attached. The money is given in the form of check that is to be used in support of continuing education.
Deadline for applying is April 5th. Go for it.
Phil Lawton, Scholarship Chair
2017 Las Vegas Track Club Scholarship Program
The Las Vegas Track Club (LVTC) Scholarship Program was officially established in 2000 to assist local high school graduates with college expenses. The program is funded by donations from club members, local organizations and individuals, and the fundraising efforts of the LVTC. The club designates at least one club-sponsored event per quarter as a Scholarship Race.
the Las Vegas Track Club Scholarship Program is a way of giving back to the Community to help foster interest in running and show our commitment to youth running in particular. By supporting young people who have demonstrated academic and athletic excellence, community involvement, and a strong interest in running, we are encouraging healthy, productive, and disciplined lifestyles in these young adults who are the leaders of the future.
Variable: may be given to a single individual or divided among multiple recipients at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and, ultimately, the LVTC Board of Directors. Awards can be expected to range from $1,000 to $3,000. In 2016 a total of $15,000 was distributed among nine (9) finalists.
The Scholarship Committee is made up of club members selected by the LVTC Board of Directors. The Committee Chairman is appointed by the Board and serves as the point-of-contact.
Any graduating high school student (Class of 2017) from southern Nevada (currently defined as Clark County, Nye County and Lincoln County) may apply. NOTE: Active membership in the LVTC is no longer a requirement.
Scholarships are based upon achievements during the student's high school career in the following areas: (1) academics, as measured by high school grade point averages (GPA), both un-weighted and weighted (if applicable), and SAT/ACT test scores; (2) athletics, with emphasis on cross country and track & field and participation in youth running; (3) extracurricular activities and community involvement; (4) a personal essay; (5) two letters of recommendation.
Weighting between these areas will be determined by the sole discretionary judgment of the Scholarship Committee and the LVTC Board of Directors, whose decisions will be final.
Use of Funds and Distribution:
The award is intended for the use of the recipient in the pursuit of post-secondary education; money will be awarded to the winner or winners in the form of a one-time, single cash grant.
Application Deadline and Notification of Award Selection:
Applications must be submitted to the Committee (see address below) and received no later than Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Applications are available on-line at www.LVTC.org (the LVTC web site) or through the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with an application request to:
Attention: Scholarship Committee
Las Vegas Track Club
P. O. Box 30134
Las Vegas, NV 89173-0134
Applicants will be notified no later than May 10, 2017, regarding the results of the selection process.
Summer Track Series
2017 Summer Track Series
Races on the track, sponsored by the Las Vegas Track Club, go back to the 1970's when the track at UNLV was open to the public. Before the earl 90'w the only tracks in the Las Vegas valley with an artificial surface were at UNLV, Eldorado High School and what was then Clark County Community College in North Las Vegas.
In 2010, the same year that the Championship Series was inaugurated, we restarted the Summer Track Series (STS). It consisted of six events - three at Durango High School, three at Green Valley High School - two weeks apart in June, July and August. Events were held on Tuesday nights, starting at 7:00 p.m. and distances varied from 400 meters to 5000 meters (12.5 laps). One of the key features of the STS was its informality. Races were free - just sign up and run. We recorded times and posted them on our website. LVTC provided water and cups. That was it.
This year, our eighth season since the restart, we're back at UNLV for all our events. Same format and goodies as per the previous paragraph. As we did in 2016 we're alternating between Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings for our races. We'll do one a month on Tuesdays and one a month on Saturday mornings early (6:30 a.m. start time). This way we beat the heat and get folks out of there in time to do other things on Saturday mornings.
Races are still free but our donation jar will be there for those who'd like to say "Thank you". All donations will go the the LVTC Scholarship Fund.
Races will be on alternate Tuesday's and Saturday's starting Tuesday, June 17th. Tuesday signups start at 6:30 p.m. with the first "gun time" of 7:00. On Saturdays signups will begin at 6:00 a.m. with a Start time of 6:30.
Here is the tentative schedule. Check the website (www.LVTC.org) for updates and/or changes to the dates or times.
Races will be on alternate Tuesday’s and Saturday’s starting Tuesday, June 17th. Signups start at around 6:30 p.m. with a first “gun time” of 7:00 on Tuesday and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, with a start time of 6:30. Here is the tentative schedule. Check the web site (www.lvtc.org) for updates as to dates.
Date Event Location
Tuesday, June 17 1500m UNLV Track
Saturday, June 27 3000m UNLV Track
Tuesday, July 11 5000m UNLV Track
Saturday, July 29 800m/400m UNLV Track
Saturday, August 19 3000m UNLV Track
Tuesday, August 29 1500m/800m UNLV Track