BENEFITING: FRANCIS OUIMET SCHOLARSHIP FUND INC
ORGANIZER: FRANCIS OUIMET SCHOLARSHIP FUND INC
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Thanks for visting my marathon fundraising page. I was lucky enough to be selected from dozens of applicants to help raise funds for The Ouimet Fund as part of my 2014 Boston Marathon run. The Ouimet Fund played a critical financial role while I was attending college at Bryant University, and this is just a small way for me to give back to a very worthy cause.
The Ouimet Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and it's purpose is to help deserving young men and women who have worked at golf courses in Massachusetts obtain a college education. They provide need-based undergraduate scholarships which are renewable and can be worth up to $10,000 – $40,000 (or more) for four years. The Ouimet Fund is the largest independent scholarship fund in New England, and has awarded more than $25 million to college students in need. I am proud to call myself a Ouimet Fund Alum.
I first heard of The Ouimet Fund while I was caddying at the Wianno Golf Club in Osterville, MA during the summers starting when I was in 7th grade. I worked in many different roles at Wianno over the years including in the cart barn, as Caddymaster, and again as a Valet at the Main Club. When it came time for college, and the massive tuition bill, I applied for the scholarship with the help and letters of recommendation from some excellent members, and was awarded a full-share for all four years of college. Having the Ouimet Scholarship made an incredible difference in being able to afford to attend Bryant, and also helping to cut down on my student loan balance at graduation time. I've taken a lot of pride in donating back to the fund every year since graduation, even if my donations were (very!) small in the first few years out of college.
For the actual marathon part of this story, it's always been a lifelong dream of mine. My wife and I enjoy running together on the weekends, and I've been routinely running longer distances every Saturday. My motivation was always envisioning myself crossing the finish line on Boylston, or battling my way up Heartbreak Hill. I was on the treadmill in early November and started thinking about a facebook post I had recently seen from the Ouimet Alumni Association about two opening spots in the upcoming 2014 marathon, and decided that I should put in an application and try to check off one of my Bucket List items by running Boston. Much to my surprise, I was selected and am thrilled to have this opportunity. Given the events that occurred last year, it is an honor and privelege to receive entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. $10,000 is a significant amount of money to raise, and I only ask that you donate what you can. Please know that every dollar is going straight to the Ouimet Fund and I sincerely appreciate any amount you can give. Thanks!