Sean’s Run Scholarship Winners Announced
March 5, 2013 – Six high school seniors, including four from Columbia County, have been selected as recipients of 2013 Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship fund, administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, was established from a portion of the proceeds raised during the inaugural Sean’s Run in 2002 and continues to be supported by donations from the family and friends of Sean French as well as the annual Sean’s Run.
In the past ten years 86 deserving seniors have been awarded scholarships from the fund. A five-person selection panel convened by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation reviews the applications and determines the recipients.
The two scholarships from the Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Fund reserved for Chatham High School students will be awarded to Kailynn Akin and Ryan Mackerer. This scholarship rewards community service and demonstrated compassion for all people. Each will receive $1,000.
Awardees of the Love of Running Scholarships include , Sydney Sericolo from Ichabod Crane HS and Ross Wightman of Chatham HS. Students from Columbia County who have run on Cross Country or Track and Field teams were invited to apply for this scholarship. Each applicant was required to submit an essay describing how their high school experience on their Cross Country or Track & Field team has prepared them for the challenges of college. The applications were accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the student’s running coach. Each will be awarded $500.
The two Good Sports Scholarships that are awarded to Cross Country runners from Section II are going to Meagan Roecker of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS and Adam Schwenzfeier of Shaker HS. Each XC runner who is selected by a panel of Section II Cross Country Coaches as a Section II Good Sportsmanship Awardee is invited to apply for this scholarship. Applicants were asked to describe two specific incidences that demonstrate their good sportsmanship during the Cross Country season. Each will be awarded $500.
All six scholarship winners will be recognized during the opening ceremony of Sean’s Run, on Sunday, April 28th.