College Scholarship

“Beyond Girls on the Run”
The Founder’s College Scholarship Fund

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What is the Founder’s College Scholarship Fund?

Deb Shultz, the founder of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, and her family established the Founder’s Scholarship Fund in October of 2013. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to financially assist Girls on the Run of Illinois program alumnae with college or vocational training expenses. The scholarship award is $1,500. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.
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2019 Founder’s Scholarship recipients announced

2019 Recipient: Emily Higginson
GOTR Program:  Springfield Christian School, Springfield

2019 Recipient: Gianna Flammini
GOTR Program: Iles Elementary, Springfield

How has Girls on the Run’s Vision of embracing joy, health and confidence impacted your life after GOTR?

An excerpt from Emily’s essay:

As I enter college and take the first step towards the rest of my life, the lessons Girls on the Run has taught me will continue to shape my journey.  I will remember that I am unique, strong, have value, and am in charge of my own destiny. I will live knowing that my body is God’s temple and it is my responsibility to continue to be a good steward of it.  I will not forget that the best things in life are those I put my heart and soul into, and it does not matter if I always come out on top. Most of all, I will continue to practice a life of intentional encouragement as I connect with and shape my world.  As John Holmes states, “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  That is what Girls on the Run taught me.

An except from Gianna’s essay:

Then, in the fourth grade, I joined Girls on the Run at Iles Elementary School. My friends and I thought it would be a great way to have fun and hang out together. I didn’t think much about the actual running part, but the social aspect seemed enjoyable. What I did not realize at the time was the lasting impact that Girls on the Run would have on me. It taught me that when I was running, it did not only matter that I was the smart girl, but also that I was the confident girl, and the athletic girl. Girls on the Run provided me with positive role models who showed me that a smart girl can be defined in ways besides their grades. It showed me that I could be successful in something, even if it isn’t my “thing”. 


About the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Founder

Deb3-150x150Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in January 2010, but its foundation began in 2004 when the first Girls on the Run season was hosted in Springfield. With the help of a friend, Deb Shultz started the local council as an affiliate with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield and hosted one site of 13 high-energy girls. Deb volunteered as its Executive Director from 2004-2010, running two program seasons a year and expanding the program to 21 sites. As Board Chair from 2011-2013, Deb assisted the organization in growing the number of girls served from 250 a year to 1,100+ each year and expanding services to eight additional counties. Deb’s hard work, focus, and energy over 10 years created the foundation for Girls on the Run of Central Illinois to thrive and touch many lives for years to come.

Click here for more information on how to support the Founder’s Scholarship Fund.