For the past several years, the Goshen Cross Country Parents Association has awarded scholarships to deserving student-athletes who have participated in the Goshen Varsity Cross Country program. This scholarship is given in memory of John Conklin, who was the founding coach of the Goshen XC program and was a long-time Village of Goshen police officer and a valuable member of the community.
Requirements (revised May 2017)
To be eligible:
- Student-Athletes must be in good standing (academically and behaviorally).
- Athletes must be a member of the XC team for the duration of their senior year.
- Athletes must apply by filling out the application through GHS guidance and submitting application/required essay by the due date.
- Student-Athletes must have plans to continue their education, partake in military service, or vocational training.
Rankings (based on the following)
- Attendance (practices – summer & regular season, meets, team events, fundraising)
- Performance /Work Ethic/Goals
- Number of seasons participating in XC
- Essay (rated by coaches & parents’ association)
Scholarships will be awarded to the top 3 ranked boys and top 3 ranked girls.
- The top rated boy & girl will be awarded $750-1000 each
- The 2nd rated boy & girl will be awarded $500-750 each
- The 3rd rated boy & girl will be awarded $250-500 each
If there is not a 2nd or 3rd applicant, the money will be rolled over into the following year. If additional funds are raised, the amounts awarded to the 2nd & 3rd recipient will be increased to $750 and $500 max.
Depending on the total number of applicants, funds raised, and final athlete rankings, scholarship amounts may be adjusted to reflect the circumstances of the season & applicants. This will only be done after a discussion and vote by the scholarship committee.
*Parents who have senior athletes applying for the scholarship must recuse themselves from the selection process.
Coaches’ rubric for rating athletes
|Number of seasons participating in Goshen XC (.5)||Athlete has been a member of XC for 4 years||Athlete has been a member of XC for 3 years||Athlete has been a member of XC for 2 years||Athlete has been a member of XC for 1 year|
|Attendance: (regular season practices, meets (2.0)||Athlete attended practice & meets 100% of the time||Athlete attended practice & meets 85% of the time||Athlete attended practice & meets 65% of the time||Athlete attended practice & meets <50% of the time|
|Attendance: summer/pre-season practices (1.0)||Athlete attended summer/pre-season practices 100% of the time||Athlete attended summer/pre-season practices 85% of the time||Athlete attended summer/pre-season practices 65% of the time||Athlete attended summer/pre-season practices <50% of the time|
|Athlete always displays good sportsmanship, treats team-mates with respect & took an important leadership role||Athlete displays good sportsmanship, is respectful to teammates & stepped up to lead the team when necessary||Athlete displays good sportsmanship and is repectful to teammates most of the time||Athlete seldomly displays good sportsmanship and at times is disrepectful to teammates|
|Performance /Work Ethic/Goal Oriented (1.5)||Athlete always works to the best of his/her ability, is self-motivated, strives to achieve goals and often exceeds goals||Athlete works to the best of his/her ability most of the time, showing self- motivation, striving to achieve goals||Athlete puts forth effort sometimes, but is inconsistent and loses focus of goals||Athlete does not put forth sufficient effort, is not motivated, and is not goal oriented|
| Essay ratings (1.0)
(average together ratings as determined by coaches & scholarship committee)
|Essay is well-written, well-organized & demonstrates how their experience running XC has influenced them citing several personal examples. Essay also shows examples of physical, emotional and intellectual growth.||Essay is well-written, well-organized & demonstrates how their experience running XC has influenced them but does not cite personal examples. Essay shows some physical, emotional and intellectual growth.||Essay contains a few spelling/ grammar errors & demonstrates how their experience running XC has influenced them but does not cite personal examples. Essay shows limited physical, emotional and intellectual growth.||Essay contains grammar/spelling errors, is not organized, does not clearly demonstrates how their experience running XC has influenced them. Essay does not show physical, emotional and intellectual growth.|
How did joining cross country influence your life as a high school student-athlete? Please cite specific examples. Explain how your physical, emotional, and intellectual growth is attributed to participation in cross country and how you plan to continue to expand upon those attributes in college and beyond.
March: Applications & essays are due to HS guidance department.
April: Essays will be read & rated by the scholarship committee.
May: Coaches will evaluate applicants based upon the above rubric and notify the parents’ association of the scores. The parents association will notify Karen Beilman of the recipients and checks will be issued.