Scholarship Program

2023 Scholarships Have Been Awarded - Stop Back here in 2024 for updates!

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Utica Roadrunners Scholarship is May 31, 2023. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Scholarship Application 2023 (docx)
Scholarship Application 2023 (pdf)

Applicants should either download or print the application and send to:

By email:
By mail:
Utica Roadrunners
Scholarship Committee
PO Box 4141
Utica, NY 13304

The Utica Roadrunners have as our primary mission the promotion of family health and fitness through running. Each year, we sponsor a number of events to help raise money for collegiate scholarships for outstanding graduating student-athletes in our community. We are pleased to announce that this tradition will continue in 2022 with the Paul Ohlbaum and Howard Rubin Scholarships to the outstanding male and female applicants.

Minimum qualifications the Scholarship Board will consider include the applicant’s running achievements, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities. The $500 scholarships are a one-time award to be used for tuition, fees, or residential costs at an accredited college or university. Runners who have received a full ride scholarship are not eligible for this scholarship.

All applications must be received AND COMPLETE by Friday, May 31, 2023, to be considered! Incomplete applications missing any required documents will not be considered.

No materials will be returned. Please be certain the application is completed by the applicant.

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Winners!

scholarship winners and club members standing in a row in front of the utica roadrunners trailer

Pictured: Andrew Rubino (club president), Travis Olivera (Scholarship Coordinator), Scholarship winners: Ella McCarthy (Sauquoit Valley High School), Matthew Hanna (Sauquoit Valley High School), Collin Gannon (Rome Free Academy), Forest Martin (Poland Central School), Rachel Daskiewich (Oriskany Central School), and Paul Ohlbaum (scholarship donor)

2022 Scholarship Winners

Richard Zielenski - Holland Patent Central School
Elizabeth Lucason - Camden Central School District
Omar Mohamed - Proctor High School
Lexington Bernard - South Lewis Central School
Kayleigh Simpson - Proctor High School

2021 Scholarship Winners

Jade Dening - Remsen Central School
Maykayla Chambers - Adirondack Central High School
Hannah Ielfield - South Lewis Central School
David LaMore -  Whitesboro High School
Maddox Aramini - Cherry Valley-Springfield


The student-athlete must meet these standards:

  • Has been an active member of their high school’s cross country and/or track teams in grades 11 and 12. The applicant should include career bests, athletic achievements, and athletic awards received. Feel free to discuss how COVID-19 affected your team participation.
  • Has demonstrated academic excellence. The applicant should include academic awards, class rank, and possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a 4.0 system.
  • Has demonstrated community involvement and leadership qualities. The applicant should specify any non-athletic activities/clubs/organizations that benefit others.
  • Has been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college.

Selection will be made based off an anonymous point scale by the Scholarship Board. The Scholarship Board will be comprised of members of the Utica Roadrunners Board.


Applications should include:

  • The completed application form, printed out or filled out electronically
  • Current copy of your high school transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from supervising adults (coach, principal, teacher, employer, religious leader).
  • One essay (500 words or less) describing your education and career goals, why running is important to you, and why you feel you are deserving of the Utica Roadrunners Scholarship Award.

Supporting documents (transcript and Letters of Recommendation) can be submitted via email to:
or by mail to:

Utica Roadrunners
Scholarship Committee
PO Box 4141
Utica, NY 13304

ALL ITEMS should be submitted to the Utica Roadrunners by May 31, 2023

Winners will be notified in June 2023 and the scholarships will be awarded on a date to be determined