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Marathon Fund Committee

The Marathon Fund Committee was established in 1986 to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding use of the annual gift to the Town by the Boston Athletic Association related to the Boston Marathon.   After allocating moneys to various expenses the Town incurs related to public safety and logistics for the race, the remaining dollars are allocated by the Marathon Fund Committee for student-athlete scholarships for Hopkinton high school seniors, as well as to fund grants to various needy community groups in support of recreation, athletics, and community.

Scholarships: 

Each year, the Committee awards several $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors residing in the Town of Hopkinton.  Normally, an equal number of boys and girls are awarded each year.  Depending on the available funds, the number of awards may be from 2 to 6 scholarships.

Applications are typically due in early April.  Please contact the High School guidance office for applications.   Their phone number is 497-9840.Criteria:  The student must be accepted to a 2- or 4-year college or university.  Applicants must have demonstrated a willingness to give his or her best effort in academics and extra-curricular activities, and describe in an essay of no more than 200 words what those activities have meant in his or her development.  Applicants must also have lettered in at least one varsity sport in high school.


Grants to Local Organizations: 

The Committee will annually evaluate and consider donation requests from in-Town organizations, and make grants at the Committee’s discretion subject to available funds.

Criteria:  Applications must be made in writing at any time, either through email or via the Committee’s mailbox at Town Hall.  Applicants are advised to provide a lead time of 60-90 days.  Application should cite the reason for use, a detailed description of the use of funds, and for purchases please provide at least three quotes.

Any grants not used within 18 months will be requested to be returned.  Applicants may always reapply.