WCRC Scholarship

The 2021 WCRC Scholarship application process has concluded.

Past WCRC Scholarship Recipients

Caitlyn Sweet, Avon Grove High School
Madison O’Neill, Phoenixville High School
Gavin Maxwell, Kennett Square High School
McKenna Norton, Kennett Square High School

Alicia Stevance, Great Valley High School
Ally Clark, West Chester East High School
Gina Lusvardi, Kennett High School
Lalitha Shanmugasundaram, Downingtown STEM
Megan Baker, Henderson High School

Claire Mobed, West Chester East High School
Joseph Chamoun, Downingtown STEM Academy
Rachel Hyzny, Kennett High School

Claire Dawyot of Kennett High School
Lucy Merrill of Henderson High School

Elizabeth Edwards of Unionville High School
Lili Ladner of The Westtown School

Connor McSwain of Henderson High School
Kacie Breeding of Unionville High School

Eric Diestelow of West Chester East High School
Olivia Young of Unionville High School
Madison Matarozzo of Owen J. Roberts High School

About the WCRC Scholarship

The West Chester Running Club (WCRC) was established in 2000 by a group of close friends who wanted to share their passion for running.  WCRC promotes the benefits of health, fitness and competition through running. We support our members and the community with motivation and encouragement to obtain personal goals, create a social atmosphere and form lasting friendships. Our club is dedicated to strengthening self-image, supporting personal success, and providing a source of community involvement.

Every year WCRC awards a scholarship for students graduating from Chester County high schools. Our 2021 scholarship winners are Caitlyn Sweet from Avon Grove, Madison O’Neill from Phoenixville, Gavin Maxwell from Kennett Square and McKenna Norton from Kennett Square.  Congratulations!


Each of our winners exhibited a sense of commitment to their community, dedication to their academic studies, and an appreciation for what running provides them.  This year we asked applicants to describe how the Covid virus affected their running, and it was a common theme that running helped them reduce the stress that 14 months of pandemic uncertainty has created.

Each of our winners expressed surprise and sincere thanks for receiving an award. We are proud to award these four young scholar athletes $1,000 each to further their college educations!

Each of us in the WCRC should take pride in the legacy that has grown around our annual WCRC Scholarship Award. Beginning with the four $250 scholarships that we awarded in 2002, we have, to date, provided close to $50,000 in scholarships to deserving Chester County high school student athletes.

Special acknowledgement also needs to be directed to Ann Tierney who continues to coordinate the Scholarship Award process as well as those who have donated to our Scholarship Fund.

The process around our Scholarship program never stops. We are always interested in ideas that our Club members have for Scholarship Award fund raising or for enhancing our candidate selection process. If you have questions about the Scholarship Awards, would like to know how you can help, or are interested in contributing to our Scholarship Award endowment, please contact Ann Tierney or Dan Holland.

Eligibility Rules:

The student:

  • has been accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • has been a member of their high school’s cross country and/or track and field teams in grades 11 and 12 (although season(s) may have been cancelled due to Covid-19).
  • has demonstrated academic excellence, athletic excellence and leadership qualities.
  • is a graduating high school senior from a Chester County, PA public or private school.

Selection will be made by the WCRC Scholarship Committee. The recipient(s) will be notified in late May and the scholarship will be awarded in June.


  • Complete the Application Form.
  • Provide the following supporting documents:
    • official transcript from grades 9-11
    • senior year coursework and grades (report card or transcript)
    • one letter of recommendation from either your XC or track and field coach
    • one letter of recommendation from a supervising adult, which may include your principal, vice-principal, teacher, employer, or religious leader.
    • typed list of community service, work experience, honors or awards and extra-curricular activities (including offices held) during grades 11-12. Please include approximate dates.
    • a separate typed single page essay describing
      • your education/career goals
      • why running is important to you
      • how Covid-19 has affected your running
      • why you feel you deserve this scholarship
  • APPLICATIONS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 1, 2021 TO BE CONSIDERED. We cannot make accommodations for late deliveries. 
  • Application form and supporting documents should be returned electronically to annmtierney@yahoo.com or delivered to
    • West Chester Running Club Scholarship
      c/o Ann Tierney
      501 East Lafayette Drive
      West Chester, PA 19382

No materials will be returned.  Please be certain that the application is legible and complete.  Receipt of documents will be acknowledged through email.  Email annmtierney@yahoo.com if you have any specific questions about the scholarship or this application.

Click here to download the 2021 WCRC Scholarship Application.