CINCINNATI — In a surprise move at the inaugural Flying Pig Community Scholars Breakfast, Flying Pig Marathon founder Bob Coughlin announced the $5,000 scholarships awarded to ten community-minded high school runners would actually be $20,000 each.

The scholarship program, an expansion of Pig Works existing youth initiatives, provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Cincinnati area who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and running.

The winners were originally supposed to receive a $5,000 scholarship for post-secondary education, but the Coughlin Family decided to give the winners $5,000 a year for four years totaling $20,000 for each student.

Since its inception in 2018, the Flying Pig Community Scholars Program has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the community. This year, the program has expanded from four winners to ten winners (five female and five male).

The Community Scholars program is generously funded by the Coughlin Family, by sponsorship from Skyline Chili, and through donations to the Community Scholars program. These contributions allow the program to recognize and reward the hard work and dedication of students who have made a positive impact on our local community.

The winners of the 2023 Flying Pig Community Scholars Program are:

Keene “Aiden” Bryant, Goshen High School

Lavinia Gryzymajlo, Summit Country Day

Ben Johnson, Elder High School

Liam Lakhia, Summit Country Day

Grace McKay, Mason High School

Brooklyn Pickers, Villa Madonna Academy

Madison Rahschulte, Batesville High School

Isaac Schachleiter, Mason High School

Kate Stiens, Walnut Hills High School

Bennett Turan, Mariemont High School

For those interested in supporting the Flying Pig Community Scholars Program or attending future events, please visit our website at


About Pig Works

Pig Works is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) parent organization behind the Flying Pig Marathon, the Queen Bee Half, the TQL Beer Series and the FCC3. Pig Works is a race experience company with three goals. First, to create fun participatory sporting events for individuals and groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Second, to contribute to charitable causes that support the growth and development of our community here in Cincinnati and beyond. And third, to promote a lifestyle that weaves movement and health into the fiber of our community and extends beyond the bounds of our event days. Learn more at