LRC Scholarship Program

Scholarships are for Polk County graduates with the application and funding administered by the Polk Education Foundation (PEF).  

The LRC funds the scholarships from the proceeds from the Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series.  The proceeds of the 2011 Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series created the first LRC scholarship fund and $1,000 was awarded to one Polk County HS graduate.  As the race grew, more scholarships were awarded.  A full list of recipients is below. 


Donate to the LRC Scholarship Fund

Visit the LRC donation page to give a personal contribution to the annual scholarship fund.

Application Process

The application process opens for one month starting in mid-to-late January. 
Watch the PEF page or their social media for updates.

The scholarship page with information and application can be found on the PEF website.
Also found there are links to:
1. Application/process directions
2. Frequently Asked Questions
3. Helpful Hints
4. List of all awards available.
(The list starts with a “Countywide” listing and then notes individual schools that have donor sponsored awards. Students should read each to see what applies to them).

The requirements for the Lakeland Runners Club Scholarship are: to have your coach verify one full season of participation in cross country or track, and to submit an essay on "How has the sport of running changed, impacted or influenced your life?"

Once submitted online, the students should print their application, collect signatures, attach a copy of their finalized SAR and turn the complete packet into their Guidance Counselor, by the date their school sets. Students can continue to check the PEF scholarship webpage for any awards that might start after the opening date.

LRC Scholarship Recipients

Andrew Chambers

Noah Farthing

Ethan Gonzalez

Autumn Martin

Jacob Nakamura

Emily Orme

Samantha Pruitt

Brooke Smith

Kevin Updike

Luz Vazquez-Hernandez

Sophia De La Cruz

Arianna Farrulla

Aria McDaniel

William Mosley

Karina Sanchez

Bryson Schneider

Anna Sentner

Sydney Slagel

Anthony Solis

Elizabeth Solomon

Cat Morris

Emma Moses

Lauren Musselman

Stephanie Bautista

Sophie Valenti

Carlton Buckle

James Burkett

Anthony Dudgeon

Carson Hosegood

Brady Zimmerman

Isabelle Clark

Denise Hernandez

Devan Legendre

Yvena Louis

Kimberly Luna-Karpinteyro

Caleb Rigel

Paul Stafford

Fabiola Aybar-Mota

Juan Vezquez-Hernandez

Davis Benningfield

Willie Baker

Jaden Dixion

Luis Gomez

Sayma Islam

Febie-Anna Joseph

Samaya Wilson

Fabiola Aybar-mota

Illiana Addison

Matthew Cranston

Casey Johnson

Felipe Juan

Victoria Jung

Tan Nguyen

Leif Henrickson

Dakota Jones

Ruby Lewis

DeAundra Oldfield

Marqualis Williams

Anna Wunderlich

Aluana Reckley

Arthur Nguyen

Jonathan Hulzebos

Roxanna Caballero