Monterey Bay Running Group Awards $10,250 in Scholarships
This spring, the Monterey Bay Wednesday Night Laundry Runners (WNLRs) awarded a total of $10,250 to eight outstanding college-bound student-athletes in Monterey County. Awards ranged from $500 to $2,000 and were presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony for each selected student. Students were nominated by their coaches, and the size of each scholarship was based on the student’s track and cross-country times, academic performance, leadership and community service activities, and need. “The purpose of the WNLR Scholarship fund is to recognize local excellence in athletic and academic achievement and to help our Monterey County student-athletes achieve broader success. We hope to continue using the WNLR Scholarship Fund to ease the financial burden of college for exceptional Monterey County student-athletes who may otherwise find college prohibitively expensive,” said Mike Dove, founder of the WNLR Scholarship Program.
Previous winners of this scholarship include Olympian Diego Estrada. Notably, recipients often return to the Monterey Peninsula after completing college to give back to their communities as coaches and teachers. Scholarship donations are made primarily by WNLR club members, event fundraisers, and auctions, and also include a generous grant from the Big Sur International Marathon.
The following High School Seniors (now Graduates) were awarded WNLR Scholarships at the end of the 2017 academic year:
Jesus Avalos – King City High School – King City, CA
Kayla Clayton – Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Alfredo Mejia – Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Evelin Meza – Greenfield High School – Greenfield, CA
Roman Muñoz – King City High School – King City, CA
Isaias Rodriguez – Seaside High School – Seaside, CA
Jorge Rodriguez – Alisal High School – Salinas, CA
Anna Stefanou – Pacific Grove High School – Pacific Grove, CA