Steve Prefontaine

Internation Track Star - Running Legend

Prefontaine Scholarship Program

 

In 2005, the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee established a scholarship program to benefit Coos County high school students who have participated in cross country and/or track and field programs at their respective schools.

To qualify for scholarship consideration, the student must be a high school senior, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have been a resident of Coos County since at least September 1st of the previous year, have participated in either cross country and /or track and field and have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their sport.

Each candidate is asked to provide an official transcript and an activities chart showing their involvement in school/family/community activities, volunteer service, and work for pay. Finally, the student is asked to write a 250-400 word essay on what one of three Steve Prefontaine quotes means to them:

  1. “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.”
  2. “A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.”
  3. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

The Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee meets in the spring to review the applications and to decide who will be recipients of a $1,000 scholarship.

Congratulations and best wishes to each for continued success as they pursue college degrees.

 

2016 Gabby Hobson
North Bend High School
Concordia University

An Essay by Gabby Hobson

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
 
The name Prefontaine is well known around the running community, around the country and even around the world. While many have simply heard of his accomplishments, I'm lucky enough to have grown up in the same town that he did, running the same roads, the same track, and even the same meets as him. Being from Coos Bay, the whole town invests time into understanding his life and making sure that his legacy lives on, and I am proud to be a part of that.

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2015 McKenzie Gauntz
North Bend High School
Western Oregon University

An Essay by McKenzie Gauntz

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift"
 
Freshman year, late in my season, amongst the various preparations for the State Track & Field meet, my relay team and I were in the locker room puffy -painting our t-shirts. The senior captain gave us the quote "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift," by the legendary Steve Prefontaine, to put on our shirts.

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2015 Nick Hossley
North Bend High School
Oregon State University

An Essay by Nick Hossley

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
 
I take this to mean more than just about one's own gifts, dedication, and training, but about the responsibilities that each athlete has to their teammates, team, school, and the opportunities they have been given to be where they are. For the past four years I have had the privilege to participate in cross country and track.

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2014 Wyatt Cunningham
North Bend High School
Southern Oregon University

Fight for your Gift

An Essay by Wyatt Cunningham

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

Growing up in the home of two All-American high jumpers planted the seed of my passion for track and field. The stories they told me of their track experiences taught me competitiveness, work ethic, and respect for the sport and its history. During my freshman year I immersed myself in the history of track and field. I was inspired by the brilliant athletes who came before me:

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2014 Lindsay Devereux
Marshfield High School
Oregon Institute of Tech.

Pride, Guts, and Glory

An Essay by Lindsay Devereux

Those who have seen Steve Prefontaine run, whether in person or on video, know why 'Pre' was different. It was not the times he achieved or the greatness of his successes that made him legendary; it was the way he ran. One of Pre's most prominent quotes is "a lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." In my own running experiences, I strive to cherish and apply this attitude.

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2014 Noah Langlie
North Bend High School
Oregon State University

An Essay by Noah Langlie

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine

When I ran in my first race, I was in the fifth grade, I had never done a sport before, and I had no idea what I was doing. I decided to pick an event for which there was little competition, so I ran the 800m race for most of the meets. I had to walk for part of them, because I was slow and new. My transformation into a real athlete began at one of those races

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