Doug Williams Memorial Scholarship


Doug Williams Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is presented each year in memory of Doug Williams who was a graduate of Montclair High School and a beloved member of the Essex Running Club when he was killed by a hit and run driver on Upper Mountain Ave in October 2011.

Recipients are selected from the graduating class at Montclair High School based on the following criteria: 

  • Outstanding participation in track and field / cross country

  • Academic excellence

  • Leadership and community service

  • Expected participation in track and field / cross country at college


These are all the past winners and the colleges they attended.

  • 2018 - Elizabeth Cummings (Towson University) and Dale Ross (Wesleyan)

  • 2017 - Amelia Lufrano (Dickinson College) and Benjamin Cahill (Wesleyan)

  • 2016 - Lia Schattner (Washington University) and Grant Van Inwegen (Wesleyan)

  • 2015 - Stephani Hayes (Lehigh University) and Connor O’Brien (Rutgers)

  • 2014 - Eliana Tyler (Vassar College) and Henry Whipple (Hamilton College)

  • 2013 - India Hill (Widner University) and Jackson Brietzke (West Point)

  • 2012 - Carole Johnson and Henzley Meghie

BREAKFAST RUN - Sunday, May 26 at 8:00 am

The club is hosting a special group run at Fleet Feet Sports (603 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair) in memory of Doug to be followed by a breakfast buffet featuring OJ, coffee, bagels, banana bread, fruit, yogurt and other goodies.

The route will pass by several significant landmarks in remembrance of Doug (Montclair High School, Doug's former home on Stanford Place, Doug's memorial bench in Brookdale Park and Doug's grave site in Immaculate Conception Cemetery). All routes will start and finish at Fleet Feet Sports on Midland Ave. 

The complete loop for the run is 7.5 miles but you can turn around sooner if you want a shorter run either at the high school (1 mile), at his former home (3.5 miles) or at his memorial bench (5.7 miles). There will be water and gatorade available at several points on the route. Maps and directions will be available at the event or you can click on the link below to view an online version of the route. 

Doug Williams Memorial Run -

Please click on the link below to register for this event or to make a donation. The cost is $20 per person or $10 for children 18 and under with all of the proceeds going towards the memorial scholarship.

Please consider registering or making a donation even if you can't run. Checks payable to the Essex Running Club can be mailed to Carl Sturcke, 209 Cooper Ave, Suite 11, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.