Part of the mission of the Napa Valley Marathon is to give back locally to the community. The Marathon does this in a variety of ways, but one of the most prominent is through a yearly scholarship program. The NVM Committee has provided over $500,000 in scholarships over the last decade to high school seniors throughout the valley. Each year, sixteen scholarships of up to $1,000.00 are awarded. The Napa Valley Marathon selects scholarship recipients who demonstrate community involvement, volunteerism, scholastic achievement, and extra-curricular participation during high school. The Napa Valley Marathon provides a large number of volunteer opportunities itself and encourages and provides opportunities for volunteerism and community involvement.
Developed and added to the charitable giving program in late 2018, the Napa Valley Marathon earmarked more support toward two specific scholarships. The Gard Leighton Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) is presented annually to a high school senior (from 6 different high schools) who demonstrates exceptional dedication to the sport of running and to the success of his or her team. These scholarship recipients will be selected from the nominations put forth by high school running coaches. The Jeff Glathe Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) presented annually, will be awarded to the ADAPT program at Vintage High School. The application of the scholarship funds will vary from year to year based on the needs of the students in this program.
For a scholarship application, please see your high school scholarship coordinator.
The Napa Valley Marathon also gives back to the local community with donations to other non-profit organizations, high schools, sports teams, and service based groups.