Cross country running is a sport in which runners compete to complete a course over open territory. The courses used at these events may include grass, mud, woodlands, hills, flat ground, and water. Here are a few points you might want to know about cross country running.

  • The women will always run first and the two genders will never race together.  

  • The start line will be marked with a flour line and teams usually line up and start together.  

  • Turns or other direction changes may be marked with flour or a course monitor to direct you.  

  • Some sections of the course may be single track and you will be unable to pass other runners.  

  • There will be no aid stations except at the end of the race.  

There are many college scholarships available for cross country runners that fall under athletic scholarships. Let us now discuss a cross country scholarship.

What are Cross Country Scholarships?

Cross country is one of the oldest college sports and therefore has a very long tradition. These scholarships are available both for men and women. In total there are 1,555 universities with varsity cross country and track and field teams, with 350 of them competing in division 1 of the NCAA.

Are you actively taking part in the competitions outside the school campus? Then it is better to contact them and see whether they provide any funding for cross country runners looking to lend money for college. 

Here are a few points you might want to know about cross country scholarships.

  • Some students may receive the only partial scholarship while others may land a full scholarship which is entirely based on athletic ability and academic success.

  • Desiring to generate a good track team, many colleges and universities offer athletic scholarships to cross country runners. 

  • NCAA scholarships aren’t the only options available to cross country athletes. 

  • There are several long-distance running groups and organizations that also help runners pay for college. 

  • Since the cross country is an equivalency sport when it comes to scholarships, the NCCA limits how many scholarships are allocated per school.

  • You don’t need to have the best time in order to qualify for cross country scholarships. 

  • Camps and showcases can help with gaining exposure.

  • The majority of coaches who attend camps and showcases are there only to watch players they have already had contact with.

NJCAA Scholarships

  • The National Junior College Athletic Association awards full and partial scholarships to talented athletes. 

  • If you are interested in joining a community college, it is better to contact those schools about scholarship opportunities in cross country. 

  • If you are at a high level of skill with a decent academic record, consider your options on the junior college level, but be aware that if you transfer to an NCAA college after two years, the GPA and standardized test score requirements may be severer. 

College Scholarships

  • If you plan on running cross country in college, your college may have funds and benefits for the sport. So, communicate with the college administrator and your coach. 

  • Some colleges may require their runners to compete in track. So do your research and communicate with your financial aid office and sports department about local and college-based awards regarding your eligibility.

Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Contact Number

214-750-4222

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

March 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,250

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@bcf.org

Contact Number

410-332-4171

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

March 15, 2020

Award Amount

$500

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

info@bccf.org

Contact Number

610-685-2223

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$500

Awards Available

2

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@communityfoundations.org

Contact Number

845-338-2535

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@communityfoundations.org

Contact Number

845-452-3077

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$750

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@communityfoundations.org

Contact Number

845-452-3077

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$2,000

Awards Available

4

Website

Link

Email Address

scholarships@communityfoundations.org

Contact Number

845-452-3077

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

shoover@tgkvf.org

Contact Number

304-346-3620

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

March 15, 2020

Award Amount

$2,000

Awards Available

Varies

Website

Link

Email Address

info@oc-cf.org

Contact Number

949 553 4202

About the Scholarship

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Application Deadline

February 14, 2020

Award Amount

$750

Awards Available

1

Website

Link

Email Address

info@mcfoundation.org

Contact Number

513-4247-369

About the Scholarship

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