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 Tyler Wiprud

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts." Prefontaine is an embodiment of everything I know and love about running. The one place I believe I learned most about life and running was when I attended Steens Mountain Running Camp. I hated it at first, but it taught me a lot about determination.

One of my most memorable moments at Steens was during my second year on what's known as the Big Day. The year prior, I wasn't able to finish, but that year, I was adamant that I would finish. The 28 mile excursions took us through canyons and rivers and a lot of steep hills, and the worst is the last mile, at the end of the day when you are tired and sore, you have this cliff to scale to get to the top where Harland, the camp director and one of the most inspiring men in the world, waits to give you a lemon drop. That fateful day though, I was low on electrolytes so my legs cramped and seized up going up that cliff. The last mile took me over an hour to trek, but I finished what I had started, even though I was the last one out of the canyon. That's when I learned why running is so great. Because you don't need to be fast to win the day, because the champion is determined by who pushes the hardest. On my last day at Steens when Harland was telling the camp about the four year campers, he shakes my hand, looks me in the eyes and chuckles before he speaks, "Tyler Wiprud. When I first saw him here I thought "What was this kid thinking coming to this camp?" And year after year he was here. I believe he has learned the most from Big Day". He was referring to how that time in the canyon being wrought with pain allowed me to learn many valuable lessons. That it is the most determined who wins, and that will take me far past just running. I believe that is what Pre means in this quote, that you race to learn about determination and hard work. Valuable skills in running and life.