Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run awards college scholarships to Silverton High School seniors and seniors from the San Juan region who have a connection to the run. Scholarships are also available to former recipients who are continuing their undergraduate education. Students must apply in writing and be interviewed to qualify. Contact for details.

Congratulations 2020 Scholarship Awardees! We are awarding a record $33,000 in 2020, thanks to all of our generous donors.

High School Graduates:

  • Clair Cunningham (Lake City) $4000; Berry College, Rome, GA
  • Wyatt Gober (Silverton) $4000; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • Amaris Hamilton (Silverton) $4000; Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • Jessica Henderson (Silverton) $1500; San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • Kyra Maxfield (Silverton) $1500; Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Continuing Education:
  • Talitha Coombs (Silverton) $3000; Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
  • Hannah deKay (Silverton) $3000; Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Miranda Hall (Lake City) $3000; Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • Jacee Lawrence (Lake City) $3000; Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
  • Megan Levine (Lake City) $3000; Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • Kayla Zimmerman (Silverton) $3000; Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

Download the announcement flyer and contributor list for 2020: THANK YOU!

Download the announcement flyer and contributor list for 2019: THANK YOU!

Download the announcement flyer and contributor list for 2018: THANK YOU!

Download the announcement flyer and contributor list for 2017: THANK YOU!

Download Press Release for the 2016 Recipients

Joel Zucker loved Silverton, the San Juan Mountains and running the Hardrock Hundred. He died in 1998 after completing his third consecutive run. He was 44 years old and boasted of being in incredibly good shape when he succumbed to an aneurysm only 36 hours after he finished his last Hardrock Hundred, apparently the result of untreated high blood pressure. Joel's quirkiness is still legend among old-timers. He described himself as a short, Jewish, stuttering librarian from upstate New York. He inspired many others to achieve their goal of running a hundred miles. Always at the back of the pack and usually finishing within minutes of the 48-hour cutoff, Joel said he liked to get his money's worth. His good humor is missed but his legacy lives on in this scholarship that honors the memory of an incredible soul.

Money is raised through donations from runners, volunteers, family members and vendors associated with the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run. Since 1999 ninety-eight scholarships totaling $176,050 have been awarded.

Donations are Appreciated!

To donate online:

  1. Go to the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
  2. Click on the "DONATE" button in the upper right.
  3. Click on the "Add special instructions to the seller" and enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship".
  4. Follow the other instructions for amount and whether you want to use PayPal, credit card, or debit card.
  5. Click "Donate Now".

If you want to mail in a check, make it out to "Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado" and make sure to enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship" in the memo line. Mail it to:
Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
PO Box 1673
Durango, CO 81302

We are happy to let you know that contributions to the Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship ARE tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado tax number is 84-1474900.

For more information and to request a scholarship application, please email

Joel Zucker Memorial Plaque