Run-walk to raise money for Liner scholarships
The first Run for Miles 5K run/walk will be held Saturday in Berwick by The Miles Liner Foundation.
The foundation is a non-profit formed with a dual purpose. First and foremost is “to keep (Liner’s) name alive and well in the community,” said Mark Villa, Liner’s uncle and a member of the foundation’s board of directors.
Secondly, the foundation will award one annual $5,000 scholarship to a Berwick High School senior who meets stringent qualifications including a specific GPA, involvement in two or more sports, involvement in another extracurricular activity and character references that reflect Liner’s personality traits such as being a helpful person, Villa said.
The scholarship money will be divided over four years provided the senior continues to pursue some sort of post-high school education and maintains a specific GPA.
The foundation also will award a single $500 scholarship to a senior at Patterson, Morgan City and Central Catholic high schools annually. Those students will not have to meet the same stringent requirements as the Berwick recipient, Villa said.
The Run for Miles will help to fund the scholarships, Villa said.
Miles Liner was returning from college with his high school sweetheart to take part in the Berwick High School homecoming pep rally when they were hit by a drunk driver in late October 2012. Liner, who turned 21 in the days before his death, played football and baseball in high school. He was a junior at Louisiana State University, studying biological engineering, and was an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he served as his chapter’s vice president.
The run begins at Berwick High School. Sign in and race day registration will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be $25 per person and the race will be held rain or shine. There will be no make-up dates or refunds.
Trophies will be awarded for first through third overall male and female finishers. Medals go to first through third places in each age group.
For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mileslinerfoundation.com.