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 Joshua Frazier

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

When people put a half-hearted effort into their dreams, they put a half-hearted effort into all that they do, and soon find they have half a heart. And a person who's got half a heart gets half of the job done, and gets half of the satisfaction, and gets half of the happiness. Frustration sets in when their dreams are not just be handed to them. Discouragement runs its course when they realize their goals and dreams only come on the conditions of hard work, focus, and dedication. Then the pursuit of their dream ceases as well as any of their talents or the gift.

While serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Connecticut Hartford Mission, I learned three principles from three men that support Steve Prefontaine's claim:

  1. Work. Bishop Lewis, a fire chief, fought fires and worked nights, but every Sunday morning at 7:30am would go straight to the church after work to get the building ready for 9:00am services--all without compensation. He taught me to work hard and accomplish everything no matter what the circumstances.

  2. Exactness. My mission president, H. Gary Pehrson, taught me to the obey rules with exactness. He only accepted my best efforts and reproved me sharply for mediocrity. He taught me that l could not be casual or lukewarm about anything I do and how I do it.


  3. Smile."Heaven ain't ready for me and hell is afraid I'll takeover!" Bob Larkin, a man battling with pancreatic cancer for more than a year told me. Bob is always smiling, laughing and joking with people. He is the happiest man I've ever met! He taught me to smile even if death was glaring right back at me.


I was raised, trained, and taught to give only my best. And now that I have learned these three principles as taught to me by Steve Prefontaine, Bishop Lewis, President Pehrson, and Bob Larkin I will be returning to run working harder, more exact, more focused, and more dedicated than before, with a huge grin on my face. I have not sacrificed my gift of desire, I have only added to it.