Scholarship Opportunity for 11th Grade Girls through New York Road Runners  

NYRR Run for the Future is a free summer scholarship program for current juniors going into their senior year of high school. This opportunity is designed for young women with little to no prior athletic experience. With support and guidance from NYRR’s coaching staff, NYRR Run for the Future participants are introduced to the sport of running. Participants are given access to workshops that teach running technique, nutrition, goal setting, and stretching so they may develop the ability, confidence, and motivation to be active for life. At the conclusion of the seven-week program, the runners participate in their first race at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run (3.1 miles) on August 25. Those accepted into NYRR Run for the Future who fulfill the program requirements and maintain an 80% attendance rate will receive a $2,000 college scholarship. 

The seven-week program runs from July 9 - August 25 and meets three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) for two hour practices in Central Park. Both morning and evening practice sessions are offered. 

Young women are encouraged to apply for the program if they live in New York City; will be a senior at a public, publicly-funded, or parochial high school in New York City during the 2018-2019 school year OR are working toward their New York State High School Equivalency Diploma; plan on attending an accredited two or four year college or university in Fall 2019; are under 20 years of age; and have had little to no experience participating in physical activities.

To be considered for the NYRR Run for the Future program, you must complete the online application AND ask an adult who knows you well, such as a teacher, counselor or employer, to send in a signed letter of recommendation. Recommendations from relatives will not be accepted. Please share the recommendation details found here with the adult writing your letter of recommendation. 

The online application must be complete by April 1, 2018. 

Recommendation letters must be received in the New York Road Runners' office by April 1, 2018. Please visit for more information. 


In addition to producing world-class road races like the TCS New York City marathon, New York Road Runners is one the largest providers of free youth fitness programming in the country, serving more than 215,00 youth in over 1,000 schools and community centers throughout New York City and across the country.