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Each Spring, SRLA makes available to graduating high school seniors a limited number of $500 scholarships, payable directly to the school of enrollment, for post-secondary education (including two or four-year colleges, trade schools, or fine arts programs). These scholarships are available to all active Students Run LA participants from approved schools who took part in the 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, who are graduating from high school in June 2018, and who plan to pursue post-secondary education or vocational training next fall. The 2018 awards will be announced, and students notified, in early May 2018.
It is with great pleasure that Students Run LA was able to award scholarships to 126 of its graduating seniors who took part in the 2016-2017 marathon season. Without support for our Scholarship Program, many of these students would be hard pressed to find a path to college.
The recipients of our scholarships graduated from 51 different high schools over the Greater Los Angeles area, and will attend 44 separate colleges or universities from California to New York. With the start of school in fall of 2017, every campus of the University of California system, all branches of the California State University system and most local Community Colleges, as well as several Ivy League universities will have one or more SRLA students gracing its halls.
These recipients not only represent the best of their schools, but they have achieved an elite status—completing a 26.2-mile marathon, a feat accomplished by only a fraction of the population. This achievement requires resolve, perseverance, focus and determination, all qualities required to find success at college or university.
It is with gratitude and appreciation to all supporters that many of our students will have the opportunity to realize their dreams of going to college. As noted by Sara at Chatsworth High School, “SRLA has turned me into the type of person who will finish what I start.”
Congratulations to all in the graduating Class of 2017!
Lesly at Dr. Olga Mohan High School wrote, “My journey to finish high school, go to college and to receive my degree is a marathon in itself. I’m ready to put shoe to pavement to get there…and I can’t wait to see that dirt on my shoes!”
Anthony at Southeast High School wrote, “Running a marathon requires hard work and dedication, just like any other goal does. From this experience, I learned that life is like a long race…I understand that consistency and determination are essential to success. That is how I see life now.”
Leslie at Bell High School wrote, “[SRLA has] allowed me to live up to my full potential and to believe in myself. It has helped me understand the importance of perseverance and commitment. I will be graduating high school and…I will be leaving physically and mentally stronger while being the healthiest I’ve ever been.”
The SRLA Scholarship Program is made possible by generous contributions from Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the Green Foundation, Larry Rawson, John MacAllister, Renee Mancuso, Nancy & Mark Nagayama, Veronica Perez, the Ralph L. Smith Foundation, the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, the Simon Strauss Foundation, the Sterling-Dorman Foundation, and Union Bank
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To support our Scholarship Program, donate here.