WNLR Scholarship Program

The Wednesday Night Laundry Runners have instituted a scholarship program to reward outstanding high school distance runners. The purpose of the program is to recognize local excellence in athletic and academic achievement, commitment to community and to help our Monterey County student-athletes achieve broader success. Nominated by their coaches, these awards help ease some of the financial burdens of college.

The WNLR Scholarship Program, founded by Mike Dove in 2001, started modestly with a few thousand dollars in the first few years. Today, the annual fund raises anywhere from $8,000 - $12,000 and has awarded a total of $143,000 to 136 students since its inception.

Donations to the scholarship fund are from individual WNLR members, private donations, and a generous donation from the Big Sur Marathon Foundation.

To donate:

By Paypal

To donate by using paypal paypal.me/WNLR be sure to include in the note that is is for the scholarship fund and if you donated it during a specfic event please note that as well i.e. 12 Days

By Check:

Make checks out to WNLR and write "scholarship fund" in the notes.

Mail checks to:

WNLR
PO Box 2184
Monterey, CA 93942

Qualifications for each nominee are the following:

All student runners must be nominated by their high school coaches.

  • Must be a Monterey County high school senior distance runner
  • Must compete in BOTH cross country and distance track and field (800,1600, and/or 3200)
  • The student must plan to compete in a two or four-year college. (exceptions may apply)
  • Loves running
  • Team leader and role model
  • Successful high school runner in competition
  • High academic achievement (Minimum GPA is 3.0)
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Family monetary need is considered

2021 Summary of Award Recipients: (download PDF summary)

Mario Avila – King City High School - King City
Sam Coutts – Pacific Grove High School - Pacific Grove
Ashley Ochoa – Gonzalez High School - Gonzales
Jose Velasquez – Alisal High School - Salinas
Andrea Villegas – North Monterey County High School - Castroville
Anna Watson – Stevenson School - Pebble Beach

2020 Summary of Award Recipients: (download PDF summary)

Christopher Castro - Alisal High School - Salinas
Valerie Cervantez - Everett Alvarez High School - Salinas
Kieren Daste - Carmel High School - Carmel
Esteban Deniz - King City High School - King City
Will Stefanou - Pacific Grove High School - Pacific Grove

2019 Summary of Award Recipients: (download PDF summary)

Pedro Maciel – Alisal High School – Salinas, CA
Colleen Lang – Carmel High School – Carmel, CA
Christopher Plascencia – Marina High School – Marina, CA
Isaac Gensel – Monterey High School – Monterey, CA
Faith Mora – North Monterey County High School – Castroville, CA
Valeria Lozano Gomez – North Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Elizabeth Padilla – North Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Jake Alt – Pacific Grove High School – Pacific Grove, CA
Tommy Padilla – Palma High School – Salinas, CA
Jesus Rodriguez – Soledad High School – Soledad, CA

2018 Summary of Award Recipients: (download PDF summary)

Diego Barajas – Alisal High School – Salinas, CA
Josue Del Real – Alisal High School – Salinas, CA
Sarah Delgado – North Monterey County High School – Castroville, CA
Brandon Gutierrez – North Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Henry Loh – Pacific Grove High School – Pacific Grove, CA
Edgar Medina – North Monterey County High School – Castroville, CA
Octavio Rubio – Palma School – Salinas, CA
Isabelle Torres – Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Robert Valencia – Marina High School – Marina, CA

2017 Summary of Award Recipients: (download PDF summary)

Jesus Avalos – King City High School – King City, CA
Kayla Clayton – Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Alfredo Mejia – Salinas High School – Salinas, CA
Evelin Meza – Greenfield High School – Greenfield, CA
Roman Muñoz – King City High School – King City, CA
Isaias Rodriguez – Seaside High School – Seaside, CA
Jorge Rodriguez – Alisal High School – Salinas, CA
Anna Stefanou – Pacific Grove High School – Pacific Grove, CA


Current Scholarship Program committee members:

Emily Cole
Mike Dove
Erin Golec
Rod Mackinlay
Cath Tendler
Adam Roach
Pat Brew