Student Grant Fund

The Empire Runners Student Grant Fund was established in the year 2000 with the goal of helping high school student athletes go on to compete in college by awarding monetary grants. There are no restrictions on which college an applicant may attend to be eligible provided that the school has an organized track and/or cross country program. The grants may be used by the students however they wish to help with their college expenses.

The Club awards a minimum of two grants of $750 each year, one each for a graduating male and female. In the past 6 years we have awarded over $31,000 to more than 50 qualified runners. We award additional grants of varying amounts each year based on our available funds and the number of applicants.

Applications are accepted each year from February through April and awards are announced in May. The formal presentation of the grants takes place at the Kenwood Footrace on July 4th each year, and all students receiving awards are invited to participate in the race as our guests.

To qualify, a student must have participated in track or cross county at any Sonoma County high school and be planning to run on a college team after graduating from high school. (See the application for full eligibility requirements.) All Sonoma County high school seniors meeting the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Membership in the Empire Runners Club is not required.

These Grants are made possible in part through funding provided by Empire Runners Club membership dues. Additional funding is provided through donations by members. Donations can be made when joining or renewing a membership by filling out the space provided on the application or anytime by sending a check to the Empire Runners Club with a note saying “Student Grant Fund”. Donations may also be made through our website.

You may contact the Student Grant Fund at or by calling Paul Berg (707-953-5575).



The Empire Runners Club is an IRS Section 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations made to the Student Grant Fund may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax adviser.

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