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MVS Scholarships

The Merrimack Valley Striders running club awards scholarships to local high school seniors at the May MVS General Club Meeting.

The scholarships are given to eligible seniors preparing for college who have participated in cross country, indoor track or outdoor track during their high school years. All high schools through-out the membership area are notified of this scholarship opportunity. The students must submit a profile form along with an essay on "What running means to me" demonstrating their character and dedication to running.

In addition to the $2,000 scholarship, recipients receive a five-year membership in the Merrimack Valley Striders and one entry into the Feaster Five race held on Thanksgiving morning in Andover.

2020 MVS Memorial Scholarship Application

Merrimack Valley Striders running club is now accepting applications for the 2020 scholarships.  

Please click on the link below to open the application form.  You will receive a confirmation email immediately after completion.

MVS Scholarship Application

All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, and will select ten finalists in April.  The scholarships will be awarded at the MVS monthly meeting May 27, 2020.

Good luck, scholarship applicants!


2019 MVS Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients and presenting Scholarship Committee members at the May Monthly Meeting

The 2019 MVS scholarships were awarded to ten area high school graduates at the MVS monthly meeting held on 5/29/19.  Each recipient was introduced by a Scholarship Committee member, recounting each student's athletic, scholarship, and civic accomplishments as well as their future ambitions.   We are proud to be able to help these fine young people as they begin their journey in college.  

Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

Scholarship Recipient High School
Sarah Cain Andover High School
Sophia Couto Andover High School
Emma Griffin Andover High School
Piper Lieto Masconomet High School
Samantha Martel North Reading High School
Keith May Haverhill High School
Trevor Nassar North Andover High School
Casey Ryan Tewksbury High School
Katherine Sheehy Newburyport High School
Grace Zhang Andover High School


Scholarship History

The MVS Memorial Scholarship program honors the memory of six members: Mike Dowe, Greg Gumbinner, Dean Peterson, Sam Denopoulos, Ralph Rockwood and Lou Peters who have died and "exemplified the character and dedication to running and fitness that the MVS organization encourages".

The Memorial Scholarship Fund began in 1998 and has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to date.  Money comes from individual club member donations, as well as large annual donations from the Andover Feaster Five and Ogunquit Lobster Dash race proceeds.

Scholarship Honorees with Lou


  • The MVS Scholarship Fund depends on charitable donations from generous groups and individuals.   If you want to contribute to  this program that helps regional high school graduates transition to college, please feel free to donate from the link below.  Your charitable donation is tax-deductable.

MVS Scholarship Fund.