The FSRC Memorial Scholarship committee is now accepting applications from Frederick County, Maryland high school seniors who are planning to attend college, join the military, or enter a trade in the fall. All applicants must have participated as a runner in cross country or track, or demonstrated support for running as a team trainer or as an assistant to the coaching staff.

In the spring of 2013, Steeplechaser member, friend, devoted husband, and father RickO’Donnell lost his battle with bile duct cancer. The Rick O’Donnell 5.22 Mile Trail Run and Ultra-Challenge was started in his memory, and is held annually at Greenbrier State Park.  In 2015, Larry Key, another friend and beloved Steeplechaser, died of a heart attack while out on a run.

Both Rick and Larry embodied the true spirit of what it means to be a runner and a friend, and the club wanted to continue to honor their spirit while giving back to the community. Thus, the FSRC Memorial Scholarship was created in 2016, dedicated to their memory. Net proceeds from the annual Rick’s Run, in addition to community donations, are used to fund the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Frederick-area high school seniors who, like Rick and Larry, have made a difference in the running community.

The scholarship application and instructions are located here. Two $2500 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15.