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 Shelby Paulson

During cross-country my sixth grade year, the name Steve Prefontaine meant very little to me. I was new to Coos Bay, and new to running. However, I quickly learned how important he is because on the back of my team shirt it said, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift," -Steve Prefontaine.

Prefontaine meant more and more to me as I learned more about him. Partly because of how mentally tough he must have been. My biggest weakness is my lack of confidence. I know I am able to push myself further, but I am not always able to convince myself to do that. Prefontaine's quote is an encouragement to me, and often times I remind myself to keep striving to be the best.

It has also affected me outside of competition. I do not want to just be the best runner I can be, but I also want to be the best student and leader that I am able to be. I am not afraid to tell people to pick up the pace in workouts if they are not benefitting from it, nor am I afraid to take difficult classes. The idea of giving your best isn't just for the athletic field. It is for everything in life. Steve Prefontaine knew this and exhibited this. He pushed himself at practice to be the best, not just at competitions.

I believe that, if not for that unfortunate car accident, Steve Prefontaine would be somewhere coaching athletes today. He would be training them on how to be the best they can, in all aspects. His legacy lives on in more ways than just his inspiration to runners, but in the way he has inspired so many to do all they can with their gifts. This is a legacy the world should not forget, and that is why it means so much to me.