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 Cole Scherer

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift"


Every human on this planet has been given gifts. No matter what the gift is, it is given to us to be used. Some are gifted with art. Some are gifted with kindness. Ever since I was little I was gifted with the ability to run and compete. No matter what the sport was, I seemed to show the determination that most other kids couldn't find. If I did anything less than my best, I would work that much harder. I began to find as I was growing up that running was my true talent. God had gifted me with the ability to do great things. Many kids grow up not knowing what they want to do with their life. I grew up with a feeling deep down that God meant for. me to do something great, that I would use my gifts to "make my mark on the world." I began my running career in the first grade, when I won my grade division in the Prefontaine for kids 5K run. I had never really trained in my life and I remember my dad telling me the story of how determined I was when I ran by in my little Nike shoes. He said I had a fire in my eye, a determination that most don't have. This fire enabled me to have great success for the next number of years. As a seventh grader I broke the district record with a time of 4.38 in the 1500 meters.

I had been using my gift to my full potential. I began to dream about going to college to run so my parents wouldn't have to pay. I thought running was my gateway to changing the world. However, throughout my high school career, troubles and hardships seemed to be all that I found. Injuries and sickness seemed to find me at every corner. Towards the end on my sophomore year I was bit by a tick that carried a number of diseases, Lyme Disease being one of them. This has kept me from doing the sport that I so love. Distance running is pretty much out of the question. Although this gift of mine has been temporarily taken away, another gift that God has given me has emerged, the ability to throw. I have thrown the javelin for quite a few years now, and I have begun to see that maybe this is my new calling. I recently broke the school record with a throw of 202 feet and 3 inches. When one door closes, another one opens. No matter what happens, I will always use the gifts available to the best of my ability, as Steve Prefontaine did.