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.