Big Rome Running, Inc., was established March 2020 to honor the life and legacy of Jerome Scales. Jerome was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
His love for running started out as just a hobby, but it soon led him to competing nationally and internationally on the running circuit. Jerome competed in 5 of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors. He competed in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York, and London marathons.
Big Rome Running, Inc., is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running and walking by encouraging people of all ages to engage in fitness through recreational activities and events by collaborating with the assistance of partners and others that promote and encourage health and fitness.
Big Rome Running was birthed from from a blog created by Jerome Scales to document his love of racing. Jerome was a staple in the Atlanta Running Community, certified coach, and Atlanta Track Club member and board member for many years. He would faithfully use his taglines #OneMileAtATime and #KeepRunning to inspire people both online and in real life. After Jerome was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, he continued to inspire people from all walks of life. The logos and designs for the non-profit were crafted by Jerome for his own personal t-shirts he would regularly wear after his treatments.
Jerome passed away on June 20, 2019, at the age of 48. Since his passing there have been numerous races, internships, and scholarships established in his honor with Delta Airlines, Delta Dusters, Atlanta Track Club, Atlanta Southside Runners, and Revolution Running just to name a few. This organization is Jerome’s living legacy founded by his surviving wife and their three children.
One hundred percent of every donation to our nonprofit funds athletic scholarships. You can also “purchase with a purpose” from our online store, where a portion of the proceeds fund athletic scholarships for long distance runners.
Big Rome Running will be granting a scholarship to a male and female high school senior track and field and/or cross country athlete graduating in the Spring. The scholarship is in memory of Jerome Scales.
Nominations will be reviewed by Big Rome Running Scholarship Committee and qualified candidates will be called and interviewed. The announcement of the award will be made via phone and/or email communication. The scholarship will be granted based upon this competitive application process.
Scholarship funds are paid directly to the educational institution after college acceptance and selection. Selection will be made without regard to race, age, religion or any other factor which would constitute unfair or illegal discrimination. Please address the following points in your nomination. Be sure to include the name,address, phone number, and email of both the nominator and nominee. Please also include the nominated athlete’s best events and times along with any other athletic and academic accomplishments and an understanding of the student’s financial needs.
Qualifications are the following:
1. Must be a Georgia high school senior graduating in the Spring
2. Athletic activities may include track and/or cross country
3. Successful high school athlete in competition with plans to participate in college
4. High Academic Achievement
5. Student leader and role model
6. Extracurricular activities/community service
7. Family monetary need
Any information submitted, including financial need, will be kept confidential.
ELIGIBILITY: Staff of Big Rome Running, and including any vendors providing services in connection with this scholarship, and board members, directors, and officers (including members of their immediate family –i.e., spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren –or same household) are not eligible to participate.