Race Entry Student Scholarship

Race Entry is an online race registration company that supports students of all disciplines who pursue self-improvement and enhanced health through race preparation and participation. Annually Race Entry is offering a $500 scholarship to the winner of our annual “Race to Inspire” essay contest. Many people have different reasons for running in a race. We want to hear & share your inspiring story.


Participants must be able to verify enrollment for college at an accredited university inside the USA during the fall semester of the same year the essay is submitted.

How to Apply:

Whether you ran a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon, write a short essay explaining what inspired you to run, what challenges you faced, and what you learned through the experience. Prepare an essay sharing your race story between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Send your essay to support@raceentry.com with “Race to Inspire – Scholarship” in the subject line – All applications must be submitted between January 1 and August 15 to be included in the contest of the same year. The contest winner will be notified on or before October 1.

Scholarship Terms

Race Entry is committed to protecting the privacy of all our visitors. By using www.raceentry.com and submitting a scholarship application, you grant all rights and ownership of submitted content to Race Entry, regardless of whether your entry is selected as a winner. Race Entry reserves the right to publish submitted work at the conclusion of the entry period in any manner Race Entry sees fit. Selection of winning submissions is entirely at the discretion of Race Entry. Each scholarship winner will be contacted by Race Entry via the same email address that was used to submit the application. Winner(s) will be confirmed ONLY after providing proof of enrollment in the form of a copy of a tuition bill OR letter of proof from the accredited United States college or university at which the winner(s) is enrolled. Winners will be publicly announced on RaceEntry.com, and Race Entry will mail the winner(s) their check.

2018 Scholarship Winner

Carissa McAfee Race Entry 2018 Scholarship Winner

Our 2018 Scholarship goes to Carissa McAfee from Kansas City, Missouri

Below is her submission:

Running was an activity I did not enjoy. It took a long time, it was hot and sweaty, and I was miserable. My eighth-grade year, to my horror and dismay, my coach placed me in the two miles purely to torture me (actually, she thought I would be good at it, but oh! The horror!). I did a decent job, but I was miserable! I vowed to never run more than four-hundred meters every again.

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2017 Scholarship Winner

Erin Stenzel Race Entry 2017 Scholarship Winner

Our 2017 Scholarship goes to Erin Stenzel from Washington, DC

Below is her submission:

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” Those are the words that continue to inspire and motivate me as I complete my lofty goal of running a half marathon in every state and Washington, DC. Over the past five years, I have run 15 half marathons, as well as numerous 5Ks and 10Ks. From the Golden State of California, to the peachy-keen state of Georgia, I have seen some truly amazing places. With 36 half marathons left, and an average of 3 half marathons per year, I am well on track to finishing my goal by 2029.

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2016 Scholarship Winner

Race Entry 2016 Scholarship Winner William Whalen Profile

Our 2016 Scholarship goes to William Whalen from Manhattan, Kansas

Below is his submission:

The outdoors has always played a large role in my life, whether in Webelos Scouts, on my own, or with the US Navy for ten years. Thus far, I have used my military training to educate myself, make myself healthy, and make myself strong. However, there is an outdoor experience of mine that did involve being in good shape, overcome hardship, and adapt to obstacles. I also did not get any award for this experience as I did in the military, yet it has had a more profound impact on who I am than any other single event in my life. It’s the 2nd Annual Wildcat Warrior 5k in the nice little town of Manhattan Kansas from Kansas State University which includes a tour past the war memorials all the way through campus.

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2015 Scholarship Winner

Race Entry 2015 Scholarship Winner Jonathan Blue Profile

Our 2015 Scholarship goes to Jonathan Blue from Columbus, Ohio

Below is his submission:

“Fight! No matter what happens in the next 24 hours I want you to fight and never give up. You hear me?” Those were the words whispered to me on November 4, 2013, and they have forever shaped the last year of my life. You see, that was the day I was rolled back into an operating room for a gastric bypass surgery. Everyone was scared of what would happen once I came out of surgery. The doctor was preparing everyone for the possibility I would wind up in the ICU for a couple days or longer. It was a surgery that, not only saved my life, but gave me a new body and a new lease on life. I never went to the ICU. Though I had no major complications from the surgery and my recovery was a breeze, that comment about fighting has stuck with me this last year. It has become my motivation and my credo. No matter what happens, each and every day I need to fight. I need to fight to get my body back.

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2014 Scholarship Winner

Race Entry 2014 Scholarship Winner Tiffany Chu Profile

Our 2014 Scholarship goes to Tiffany Chu from Warren, New Jersey

Below is her submission:

Movement is naturally essential to life, especially in health. My family likes to explore movement by playing sports and participating in charity walks together. I have been running and walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, De-FEET Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk, JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the American Diabetes Association’s STEP OUT Walk to Stop Diabetes since before I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Graves’ Disease at the age of 13. Movement is not just important to life in general, but it is also important to my life and well-being, and I intend to share that with the world through my art.

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