Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship

The Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run to San Juan Mountain High School seniors or to seniors from the region with a connection to the run. Additional scholarships are given to former recipients to continue their undergraduate education. Students must apply in writing and be interviewed to qualify.

Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Continuing Education Awardees:

  • Hannah deKay - $2500
  • Alexis Gallegos - $2500
  • Megan Levine - $2500
  • Derrick Zanoni - $2500
  • Marley Roberts - $2000
  • Kayla Zimmerman - $2000
  • Will Custer - $2000

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

Download Press Release for the 2016 Recipients

Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarships have been awarded almost every year since 1999 with 65 scholarships totaling $67,550. The money is raised through donations from runners, volunteers, family members and vendors associated with the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run. 2016's total of $13,000 marks the highest amount ever given in a single year.

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 aneurism 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.

Donations are Appreciated!

Money for this scholarship is raised entirely by donations received from Hardrock Hundred runners, the Hardrock 100 organization, volunteers and friends and family of Joel. Donations can be sent to: Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, PO Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302

Please make your check payable to Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado and include the words, "Joel Zucker Scholarship" on the memo line.

We are happy to let you know that contributions to the Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship ARE tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our EIN is 47-1608016.

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

Joel Zucker Memorial Plaque