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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.

2024 MVS Memorial Scholarship Application

Merrimack Valley Striders running club is now accepting applications for the 2024 scholarships through March 14, 2024 deadline.  

All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, and they select and submit ten finalists in April for committee and board approval.  The scholarships are awarded at the MVS monthly meeting on May 8, 2024.

Good luck, scholarship applicants!

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

2024 MVS Memorial Scholarship Application

2023 MVS Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients presented awards by Scholarship Committee members at the May Monthly Meeting

Top Row (L-R): Kyle Adams, Alexander Arbogast, Mallory Brown, Zachary Chisholm;

Middle RowJacob Chisholm, Cole Giles, Nathan Hammerschmitt-LeGal, Molly Kiley;

Bottom Row: Drew Phaneuf, Ashley Sheldon, Sophia Wood

The 2023 MVS scholarships were awarded to 11 area high school graduates at the MVS monthly meeting held on 6/1/2023.  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.

Schneider Electric Sponsored Scholarships

Schneider Electric, presenting sponsor of Merrimack Valley Striders' Feaster Five Road Race for several years, has generously provided an opportunity for MVS to award Schneider Electric/MVS scholarships.


Schneider Electric executive Mak Joshi presented his company's scholarships to Mallory Brown and Cole Giles. 


Special guest Dan Roche, WBZ Boston TV4 sports broadcaster, presented an inspiring speech that congratulated Mallory, Cole and the rest of the scholarship recipients for their achievements and provided sage advice for their future pursuits.


Congratulations and Good Luck to the 2023 Scholarship Recipients!

MVS Scholarship Recipient High School
Kyle Adams Tewksbury High School
Alexander Arbogast Tewksbury High School
Mallory Brown Wilmington High School
Jacob Chisholm Andover High School
Zachary Chisholm Andover High School
Cole Giles North Andover High School
Nathan Hammerschmitt Le Gal Essex Agricultural and Technical School
Molly Kiley Andover High School
Drew Phaneuf St. John's Prep
Ashley Sheldon Andover High School
Sophia Wood Salem (NH) High School

Scholarship History

The MVS Memorial Scholarship program honors the memory of seven members: Mike Dowe, Greg Gumbinner, Dean Peterson, Sam Denopoulos, Ralph Rockwood, Lou Peters, and Makarand Joshi 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 $250,000 in scholarships to date.  Money comes from individual club member donations, as well as large annual donations from the Andover Feaster Five.

MVS Memorial Honorees


  • 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


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