High School Runners Invited to Apply for Scholarship
January 2, 2008 — High school
seniors who reside in Columbia County who have run on their school’s
cross country or track and field teams are invited to apply for
the Sean Patrick French “Love of Running” scholarship.
Applications, available from high school guidance counselors and
at the SeansRun.com website, must be submitted by February 15, 2008
to the selection committee.
Last year winners of the $500 Love of Running scholarships
were Julie Nabozny, Rachel Wright, Richard Messineo and Josh Gilly,
all from Ichabod Crane High school. Also winning scholarships were
Allison Connor from Hudson High School and Sam Streeter from Chatham
Applicants must include an essay describing how running
and participation on their teams has prepared them for the challenges
of college. A letter of recommendation from their coach must also
be included with the application.
The scholarship fund was created by the family of
Sean French following his tragic death as a passenger in an underage
drunk driving car wreck on January 1, 2002. He was a junior a Chatham
High School, an honor roll student and an accomplished runner. Sean
loved running and established several school records in his abbreviated
career, finishing second at the State Cross Country Championship
as a freshman. As a sophomore he took second at the state Track
and Field championship in the mile, running the distance in 4:18
as a 16 year-old.
A scholarship fund which memorializes Sean French
also supports four other scholarships annually including two for
Cross Country runners selcted by Section II high school coaches
and two for Chatham High School seniors. The scholarship fund is
administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and was
established through contributions from family, friends, businesses
and a portion of the proceeds from the inaugural Sean’s Run