The Matt Row Scholarship Foundation

$785 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 24 months
Andrea Renee Row  BUFFALO, NY
On November 15, 2008, Matthew Row was killed in an industrial accident at the age of 39. He left behind a wife, Andrea, and their two young children. At the time of the accident, their son Jacob was four years old, and their daughter Sydney was 18 months.

Shortly afterward, Matt's co-workers organized an annual 5K in his honor called the Run For Row to fund a trust that was originally set up to raise money for the children's college education. This 5K has been an annual event since 2009 and takes place on the third Sunday of every August at Como Park in Lancaster, New York.

In 2014, Run For Row became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and in 2015 became "The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation" and a decision was made that all money raised going forward will fund college scholarships for students who have also lost a parent.

Education was very important to Matt who worked diligently for his degree while raising a family and working full-time. After eight years of going to college part-time (and taking a year off to get married and build a house), he had graduated with his Bachelors Degree about a week before his daughter's birth, and had just begun the pursuit of his Masters Degree. Part of his motivation was to provide a positive example to his children. He was an amazing husband, father, son, friend, co-worker, etc. and was loved and respected by everyone that knew him.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to supplement the funds from the Run For Row 5K so that the Foundation can offer a more substantial scholarship to the students awarded. At this time, our goal is to award a scholarship to two students per year in the amount of $2,500 each, as well as a campership to Camp Widow through Soaring Spirits International for their remaining parent. We are in the early stages of this process and are still working out all the details. Matt would be extremely proud of this endeavor, and you can be, too, knowing you had a hand in making this possible with your contribution!

Anyone who is also interested in participating in the Run for Row 5K can register for the event through the Active.com website. This 5K is known for having one of the best after-parties in the area... We hope you consider joining us!

Thank you all for your love and support, and keeping Matt's legacy alive!
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Update 2
Posted by Andrea Renee Row
11 months ago
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This year's Run for Row 5K will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Como Park in Lancaster, NY.

The Run for Row is presently our only source of funds for The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation, so we also rely heavily on donations. Please consider making a donation either through our Go Fund Me page, or you can send a check to P.O. Box 931, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 payable to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. Every dollar goes to the scholarship awards.

The 2016 application period is now closed, and we are looking forward to reviewing all of the application packages we have received. We are excited to award two deserving students with a $2,500 scholarship each- it will be so difficult to choose only two!

Please stay tuned for updates! =)
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Update 1
Posted by Andrea Renee Row
22 months ago
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Hi Everyone!!

So far, we've been able to raise $445 between the donations to the Go Fund Me account, and a check that was sent in - thank you SO much for everyone's generosity. We are truly grateful!

The Board of Directors and I are in the process of getting all the proper paperwork filed, final decisions made, forms and databases created, etc. so we can begin getting applicants for the scholarship. We would love to have been able to make an announcement at this year's Run for Row on August 16 as to who the winner of the scholarship is, but that date is quickly approaching, and there is still much more that needs to be finalized before we can even begin taking applicants. We want to make sure we have all of our i's dotted and t's crossed.

We will keep you updated on our progress and will be so excited when we can announce that we are ready for applicants! =)

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$785 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 24 months
Created March 17, 2015
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Such a great idea, Andrea!

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