Scholarship Awardees

2016
Gabby Hobson
  North Bend High School
    Concordia University
2015
McKenzie Gauntz
  North Bend High School
    Western Oregon University
Nick Hossley
  North Bend High School
    Oregon State University
2014
Wyatt Cunningham
  North Bend High School
    Southern Oregon Univ.
Lindsay Devereux
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon Institute of Tech.
Noah Langlie
  North Bend High School
     Oregon State University
Mikena Shay
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
2013
Levi Graber
  North Bend High School
     Oregon State University
Lauren McGowne
  Marshfield High School
    Southern Oregon Univ.
Tyler Wiprud
  Bandon High School
    Pacific Univ.
2012
Courtney Greif
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Eduardo (Eddie) Rodriguez
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon State University
2011
Allison Cook
  Coquille High School
    Western Oregon St. Univ.
Jake Lucero
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Alissa Miller
  Bandon High School
    Oregon State University
Allison Reis
  Marshfield High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Katelyn Romanko
  North Bend High School
    Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Samantha Sutherland
  Bandon High School
    Eastern Oregon St. Univ
2010
Andrew Davidson
  Marshfield High School
Rachel Ledig
  Bandon High School
Jana Sadler
  Marshfield High School
2009
Shelby Paulson
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon State University
Cole Scherer
  Bandon High School
2008
Jared Bassett
  Marshfield High School
    University of Portland
Jessianne Heley
  North Bend High School
    Eastern Oregon
Garren Hitner
  Myrtle Point High School
    Oregon State University
Spenser Lynass
  North Bend High School
    Colorado State University
Alison Worthen
  Marshfield High School
    Seattle Pacific University
2007
Hollie Lemerande
  Bandon High School
    Linfield College
Amber Wiley
  Marshfield High School
    Jacksonville State
2006
Annyika Corbett
  Myrtle Point High School
    Swarthmore College
Megan Hibner
  North Bend High School
    Oregon State University
Kassy Lynass
  North Bend High School
    Montana State University
Chris Platano
  Myrtle Point High School
    Willamette University
2005
Andrew Greif
  North Bend High School
    University of Oregon
Shawn Miller
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon Institute of Technology

An Essay by Jared Bassett

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

This quote is very meaningful to me because I am experiencing a gift in life right now, the gift of running. This wasn't always the case and I have learned from my past to never take it for granted.

There was a point in grade school when I couldn't run or play without pain in my ankles due to inflamed growth plates or Severe's disease. The doctor had me stop all physical activity especially running and wear ankle braces to help the pain and prevent damage to my ankle joints. It was hard to sit and just watch the other kids play in the gym or run around the playground, because like any kid I wanted to be out there with them. When I had a growth spurt in middle school my growth plates began to close and the pain started to go away. Finally I was able to run again without pain and was able to enjoy it. This is when I chose to go out for cross country & track instead of football. I guess I was making up for lost time and didn't want to be standing on the sideline of some football field like I stood on the sideline during recess.

I realized what I had been missing out on all that time and how lucky I was to be able to run without pain. It made me want to never hold back whenever I ran, whether it was in practice or in a race. I still use that inspiration today as a high school senior. When I am doing a hard workout or racing and it hurts I just try and think about all the people in the world who can't run, knowing they would do almost anything to be in my shoes. Just thinking about that allows me to push on and to always do my best.

I believe we are all given a certain gift or talent in our lives, but it is up to us to find that gift and to do our best so we can reach our full potential. If we don't do our best, then we are just cheating ourselves out of life and what it stands for.

Pre wanted to get the best out of his gift and I would say he definitely achieved that. If we could all find our gifts and try to get the most out of them like Pre, then the world would be a better place.