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 Annyika Corbett

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts..."
-Pre

I was born running. It was a natural occurrence for a farm kid, the runt of the litter with domineering older brothers. If I wanted to keep up, I was running. If I wanted to get away, I was running.

After years of sweating through multitudes of community runs, Junior Olympic races, Hershey track meets, and junior high sports, I joined the high school cross-country team. By this time I was no longer running to get somewhere or away from something. I was running because it made me feel whole inside. It was beautiful, and it was love.

Practices took up all of my time after school. The countless hours I spent toughening up with my teammates and coach made me different than most of my classmates. While I was out there sweating on the hot sticky days of summer, gritting through the numbing rain and hail of our Oregon winters, I was finding out just how far I could push myself. Each day became a race to see how strong I was, how tough I could be, how much guts I truly had. I didn't even need other people anymore, thrashing myself was enough of a challenge.

This hunger for pushing beyond barriers was not reserved solely for the addicting pain of a hard run, but was also directed towards the rest of my life, especially my academic efforts. As a small town farm girl, the probability of my getting into one of the most rigorous liberal arts colleges in the nation wasn't very high. This was yet another race for me, and through cross-country I had proven to myself that I had the tenacity and strength to get where I wanted to go.

During the fall of my senior year, I spent my daylight hours running and my nights writing. I sealed my college application with memories of all of the laughter, arguments, blood, and determination which had gotten me thus far. I knew that no matter what happened, my years had made me strong. I am off to a good start in this race of life, and I know that I have guts enough to finish it.