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2019 recipients

The Natasha Hastings Foundation is proud to announce the recipients for the 2019 NHF National Scholarship have been selected. Although many girls were deserving, these young student-athletes impeccable resumes and community support were overwhelmingly strongest. We encourage those that applied but did not receive the scholarship to try again next year.

Congratulations to the following individuals that will receive the NHF Scholarship for 2019:

Adriana Catalano
 - Pleasantville Panthers, NY

Erin Kolenda
 - St. Dominic Savio Eagles, TX

Kayla Sweeney
 - Howard Huskies

Shadaja Ballard
 - Western Branch Bruins, VA


Young women who qualify for the [National Scholastic Athletics Foundation High School Outdoor Track and Field Meet] in their individual event(s) that meet the following eligibility requirements:


  • Full-time students in grades 9 - 12 born September 1, 1999 or later.
  • Home-schooled athletes who meet the age requirements.
  • Full-time students in grades 7 - 8 who are eligible and competed for a high school team in winter or spring 2019.

* Any of those meeting the above requirements may compete even if their graduation date is in May or June, 2019; prior to the date of the 2019 New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

** In all cases the student athlete must meet entry guidelines as detailed here:
NBNO Entry Guidelines.

*** Must have a current


  • 1 500-800 word essay detailing why the student athlete believes they should be a recipient of the NHF Scholarship.
  • The essay should include three (3) ways our founder, Natasha Hastings, has inspired the student-athlete to become more confident on the track, on the field and in life and/or ways in which the student athlete plans on empowering, inspiring and uplifting her peers if awarded the scholarship.
  • 2 letters of recommendations outlining why the student athlete is deserving of the NHF Scholarship; one from the student athlete’s current coach (High School or Club-private) and one from a current teacher (MUST BE ON SCHOOL LETTERHEAD).

SUBMISSION DATES: December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019

Please submit all essays and letters of recommendations (in one email) to: scholarships@nhfcares.org.


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