In 1999 the Capital Striders started a scholarship program for high school cross-country athletes in Polk county. One $500 scholarship was awarded the first year. The number of awards and the amount per scholarship has continued to grow; we currently present five $1200.00 scholarships annually.

Three scholarships are named after supporters of Capital Striders. Dave Hurd was an avid runner and patron of running and wellness in Central Iowa. Chuck Jipp, who lost his battle with ALS in 2000, was a long-time Striders Board Member, volunteer, and runner. Stan Smith was one of the first members of the organized version of the Capital Striders, and contributed endlessly to the running community whether it be youth programs, high school, collegiate, or lifetime. The fourth scholarship, for 2019, is named the Kinetic Edge Scholarship with special thanks to Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy and Todd Schemper, a long-time Strider, who've donated additional scholarship funds.

Scholarship Information

For 2019, the Capital Striders Scholarship is a $1,200 non-renewable award

Applicant must have applied and been accepted at a college, university or vocational school of his or her choice

Receiving the award does not preclude the applicant from applying for and accepting other scholarships, loans, grants or other aid

Applicant need not participate in college athletics

A committee consisting of four to six Capital Striders members will screen the applications. The committee will notify the recipient(s) by e-mail no later than February 28, 2019.  And awards will be formally presented at our Annual Dinner on Friday, March 22, 2019.

All other things being equal, scholastic achievement will be the deciding factor

Application forms may be secured from the high school counselor’s office or the Capital Striders' website.


Must be a graduating senior from a Polk County high school

Must be a student in good standing

Must have been a cross country or track letter winner

Must have been accepted at a college, university or vocational school


Completed, typed, and signed Application form

High school transcript through seven semesters

A track or cross-country coach’s or athletic director’s letter of recommendation (in a sealed
envelope from the coach or athletic director)

Completed essay


Send all requirements to:

Capital Striders Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 31069

Des Moines, IA 50310

All requirements must be postmarked by Monday, January 28, 2019 to be considered.

Please do not send by certified mail–it creates delays

For additional information, please e-mail



2018   Alexandra (Alex) Robran   Ankeny High School
    Duncan Kyhl   Dowling Catholic High School
    Claire Wubben   Ankeny Centennial High School
    Isabel Buchanan   Roosevelt High School
    Kelsey Lyons   Ankeny Centennial High School
2017   Ashley Arends   Ankeny Centennial High School
    Jessica Bigelow   Johnston High School
    Jackson Fink   Dowling Catholic High School
    Brittany Hegstad   Ankeny Centennial High School
    Michael Steffen   Ankeny High School
2016   Taylor Brown   Ankeny Centennial High School
    Nicholas David Swift   Bondurant-Farrar Sr. High School
    Elyse Prescott   Urbandale High School
    Gretta Hingl   Valley High School
    Carly Klavins   Urbandale High School
2015   Megan Watson   Urbandale High School
    Kate Smith   Ankeny Centennial High School
    Erik Miller   Urbandale High School
    Carson Cary   Roosevelt High School
2014   Skylar Wetzel   Ankeny High School
    Ashley Norem   Urbandale High School
    Ashley Swift   Bondurant-Farrar High School
    Kaliana Villa   Dowling Catholic High School
2013   J.D. Benson   Dowling Catholic High School
    Erin Boggess   Dowling Catholic High School
    Houa Xeng Vang   Des Moines High School
    Nicole Benson   Urbandale High School
2012   Christopher Caracci   Johnston High School
    Hannah Vestal   Dowling High School
    Samantha Snodgrass   North High School
2011   Tanelle Berard   Dowling Catholic High School
    Drew Prescott   Urbandale High School
    Kelsey McDougal   Roosevelt High School
2010   Learie Jones   Des Moines East High School
    Dawn Gildersleeve   North Polk High School
    John Freude   Des Moines Roosevelt
2009   Elizabeth Cline   North High School
    Rhiley Huntington   Valley
    Sam Reeve   Southeast Polk
2008   Stephanie Mundt   Urbandale
    Lute Olson   Ankeny
    Olga Nikolayenko   Valley
2007   Kaitlin Showalter   Dowling Catholic
    Andrew White   Ankeny
    Nicole Wilson   Urbandale
2006   Andrew Bishop   Dowling Catholic
    Hannah Roeder   Roosevelt
    Allison Showalter   Dowling Catholic
    Kristopher Spoth   Ankeny
2005   Sara Ann Schoneberg   Hoover
    Kiel Uhl   Roosevelt
    Jordan Seaberg   Johnston
    Sara Hendrickson   Southeast Polk
2004   Paige Gruis   Lincoln
    Kevin Kooienga   Urbandale
    Preston Franklin   Southeast Polk
    Thomas Hansell   Ankeny
2003   Julie Crow   Johnston
    Amy Goode   North
    John Wesley Megivern   Ankeny
    Mary Quinn Vermie   Southeast Polk
2002   Kathryn Freel   East
    Nathan White   Southeast Polk
    Andrew Johnson   Roosevelt
    Larisa Nordstrom   Valley
2001   Colin Pogge   Urbandale
    Joe Wickart   Roosevelt
2000   Marcus Murphy   Ankeny
    Sarah Martineau   East
1999   Bryony Jones   Ankeny
Report a Bug >