The Alumni Association at Buffalo State will hold its 15th annual Bengal 5k Scholarship Run on
The event will begin with race-day registration at 8:00 a.m., while the race will start at 9:30 a.m.
in front of the Buffalo State Sports Arena, and will continue down Elmwood Avenue. It is open
to anyone who wants to participate.
The Scholarship Run is organized by Landrum Beard, assistant director of Alumni Affairs,
who said that the primary goals of the Scholarship Run are to support students and to increase
"We are looking to raise more awareness about our two scholarships, and get the community
more involved," Beard said. "Whether it's by participating in the run or by volunteering, you will
definitely help with student support."
The money that is raised is used to benefit the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Fund,
which secures education funding for lineal descendants of Buffalo State alumni, and the Military
Services Scholarship, which provides funding for honorably discharged student veterans, current
active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members.
Beard said the Scholarship Run is a popular event that the community looks forward to every
year. Alumnus, community members and current students usually participate.
"The Scholarship Run gives a sense of community and continuity," said Mary-Jo Jagord, part-
time business manager of Alumni Affairs. "We have been doing it for 15 years now and the
community looks forward to it because we usually get calls around December asking about the
The amount of people who participate depends on the weather, but they usually have about 600-
900 participants. Over 600 participants have already registered for this year's run.
"My first year we had 400 people registered, with an additional 400 showing up to run," Jagord
The Alumni Association relies heavily on volunteer support in order to make the Scholarship
Run successful, Jagord said. Therefore, they are seeking people to fulfill race day responsibilities
by volunteering their time to help.
"The run is meant to provide memorable experiences for students, as well as aid in volunteer
efforts, "said Jennifer Heisey, director of the Alumni Affairs. "Anyone who wants to participate
or volunteer is welcomed."
The cost to participate is $18 for Buffalo State students and $20 for the general public. Teams of
five or more will cost $18 per person and $25 for students. The first 500 registrants also receive
an exclusive gift.
After the run, participants are invited to stay for a party and awards ceremony that will feature
refreshments from the Flying Bison Brewing Company and music from Buffalo State's WBNY
91.3 radio station.
"People should definitely participate in the run," Jagord said, "because the money that is raised
goes to scholarships, and that is probably one of the most important things you can do."
Janiel Thomas can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.