Home > Financial Aid > College Scholarships > Sports Scholarships > Cross Country Scholarships

Cross Country Scholarships

The same endurance and drive used to run long distances can also be applied when searching for scholarships. Long-distance runners are known for being in it for the long haul, and college coaches scope for talent and drive when recruiting and offering cross country scholarships. When recruiting, coaches tend to come watch championship meets or big invites if you possess the skill they want for their collegiate team. However, the competition is heavy, as thousands of runners compete at the college level, so improving your 5k time, as well as maintaining a strong academic record is crucial for impressing coaches.

Since cross country is an equivalency sport when it comes to scholarships, the NCCA limits how many scholarships are allocated per school. Some students may receive only partial scholarship while others may land a full scholarship, and this is based on athletic ability and academic success. Each school has their own time standards, so if you want to know if you're fast enough to run at a particular college, check the school's team website and see what times their current college runners are posting. Coaches often want an impressive cross country team, so most of the scholarships you would be offered by the college will be partial scholarships so that the college is able to entice more than a handle of athletes with scholarship funding.

Check out some examples of where to find cross country scholarships below. For additional information about awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

To supplement that financial aid package, don't forget about scholarships based on other criteria. You'll need to have and maintain a minimum GPA not only to land a scholarship but to be on a team, according to NCAA regulations, so seek out awards based on your academic achievements, as well. Don't rule out looking outside your college, either. Are you part of a long distance running group outside of your high school already? Try contacting them to see whether they provide any funding for cross country runners looking to land money for college. Look locally and to your state, and you may find several awards just for participating in cross country in high school. You don't need to have the best running time to land scholarship money to supplement that financial aid package.

NJCAA Scholarships

Although the NCAA is the most well-known association when it comes to collegiate sports, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) also awards full and partial scholarships to talented athletes. If you're a runner interested in community college, consider contacting those schools about potential scholarship opportunities in cross country. If you're at a high level of skill with a decent academic record, consider your options on the junior college level, but know that if you transfer to an NCAA college after two years, the GPA and standardized test score requirements may be stricter. Just like the NCAA or NAIA, the NJCAA has its own time standards for men and women to increase their chances in winning athletic scholarships. For these specific time standards, make sure to check out the NJCAA's website or talk to your coaches.

College-Based Scholarships

If you plan on running cross country in college, your intended college could have funds and endowments for the sport, often set up by alumni who played the sport when they attended. Some colleges may require their runners to compete in track as well so be sure to do your research and talk to your financial aid office and athletic departments about local and college-based awards you could be eligible for. And don't forget to keep on track with scholarship deadlines while you are out on the track trying to cut your 5k time.

Alliance Pipeline Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Established by Alliance Pipeline in 2001, this scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a student-athlete who demonstrates strong academic performance. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and participate in an intercollegiate sport. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by January of each year by the Director of the University Advancement based on the interest earnings in the [...] More

Augustana College Athletic Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be considered for scholarships at Augustana based on academic performance and/or talent requires a completed Application for Admission and Scholarship. Students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA while enrolled at Augustana to maintain these scholarships in subsequent years.

    Augustana Athletic Grants are awarded to outstanding student-athletes; NCAA Division II, Northern Sun Intercollegiate [...] More

CCU Athletics Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Athletics Scholarship is available to student-athletes in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies who are recommended for scholarship consideration by the CCU Athletics Department. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress, unless otherwise noted by the Athletics Department. Scholarship amounts vary. Prospective student athletes should contact their specific coach for further [...] More

CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/22/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established in memory of Albert Holloway who served for many years on the Academic Support, Intercollegiate Athletics, Nominating, and Student Support Committees of the Foundation. He was a great supporter of academics, extracurricular, student service programs, and the athletic program.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a student-athlete at California State University - Bakersfield [...] More

Dave Mielke Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for the Dave Mielke Scholarship, applicants must be a Botkins High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) senior who has been a member of the Botkins High School cross-country and/or track teams.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Delaware Open Cross Country Championship Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Nominees must be Delaware residents who have participated in high school cross country program(s) during junior and senior years; have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.5 in high school core curriculum; and plan to enroll full-time in a two- or four-year program of study at a regionally accredited college. Based 50 percent on financial need, 25 percent on academic achievement, and 25 percent on [...] More

Edward and Marion Petzko Athlete Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The recipient of the Edward and Marion Petzko Student-Athlete Scholarship will be an above-average student that received a varsity letter in either track or golf.

    Eligibility:
    - Minimum 3.0 GPA
    - Saginaw county resident
    - Graduating high school senior
    - Attending a Michigan college or university in pursuit of an undergraduate degree
    - Full-time enrollment
    - Varsity letter and minimum two [...] More

Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, the applicant must be a Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating senior pursuing an associate's or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must've participated in at lease five (5) athletic seasons throughout high school. The [...] More

Mike Lozano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship fund was established in 2013 by family and friends of Coach Lozano. The fund will provide one scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

    Eligibility
    -Graduating high school senior
    -Must be a student athlete
    -Must have a 2.0 GPA to apply and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 while in [...] More

Prefontaine Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • In 2005, the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee established a scholarship program to benefit Coos County high school students who have participated in cross-country and/or track and field programs at their respective schools.

    To qualify for scholarship consideration, the student must be a high school senior, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have been a resident of [...] More

Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the family of Sean Patrick French following his tragic death as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car wreck on January 1, 2002 and is administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Sean was a popular junior at Chatham High School, an honor roll student and a record-setting runner. The scholarship fund, in [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Profane Professor Recorded Berating Student, Dropping F-Bomb

April 17, 2018

by Susan Dutca

A New Jersey community college professor allegedly shouted obscenities at a politically-conservative student during a sociology lecture on sexual harassment, which has ignited complaints about the college being a "liberal atmosphere where alternative political viewpoints are not tolerated." According to other students, this incident was "one of the many disagreements" that took place over the course of the semester. [...]

Gun-Toting College Girl Faces Backlash for Grad Photo

April 10, 2018

by Susan Dutca

Photo obtained by ABC News.

A gun-toting Tennessee college senior showed her support for President Trump and guns while holding her shirt up to reveal her handgun in her graduation photos to "show who [she is] as a person." The photo, which went viral on Twitter, gained both positive and negative feedback - some of which claimed she was "brandishing a firearm for a photo shoot or showing it off to try and look cool." [...]

Student Sends Flirtatious, Then Menacing Emails to Professor

April 3, 2018

by Susan Dutca

A professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz believed she was "unstalkable" up until a student of hers began sending messages that were at first flirtatious and ultimately turned to threats of rape and murder. Much of the #MeToo conversation in higher education revolves around educators who "harass" or "target" students; but some educators themselves actually become vulnerable to harassment by their own students and remain silent out of a sense of guilt, embarrassment, and often the fear of losing their jobs. [...]

Last Reviewed: April 2018