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 Amber Wiley

"Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run." - Steve Prefontaine

The track at Marshfield High School was Steve Prefontaineís canvas; his running was his artistic expression. Each race was a new painting, a new poem, a new song, and each expressed his passion. His passion was expressed in his races. The way he ran, his inspiring words, and his desire to succeed and be all he could created a masterpiece, similar to that of Van Gough or Picasso, but in a different form. Other people leave their passion behind in paintings or songs but Steve Prefontaine left his passion for all to see when he ran, and it continues on today in his legacy. Did he realize at that time how many young people he would inspire to attain their goals?

Steve Prefontaine knew, without a doubt, that crossing the finish line was not just the end of a race, but a door opening for the next competition--a new race, a new cheering crowd, a new canvas. He would dream dreams that others would not dare and knew that only his dedicated work would carry him to success. This was his magnificent expression. This was artwork of the highest caliber. It survives to this day to motivate young people to achieve their goals, just as he achieved his.

Steve knew it was not about the race he ran, but the fortitude he used to achieve his goal. He did not use his teammates as a crutch but instead admired them for their accomplishments. Steve knew that part of the artwork he created when he ran came from the support of his family. He knew that his masterpiece would not be complete if he was the only person in the portrait.

As I stand alone in Pete Susick Stadium on the Prefontaine Track, I canít help but envision Steve finishing his race and leaving the final brush strokes on his artwork. I hope that one day I can look back on my experience as a track athlete and know that people were able to see the artwork I created with each jump. I hope that my masterpieces include all the people that helped me down this long hard road.

Although I am less than likely to be an inspiration to track athletes everywhere, I know that I was able to follow in Prefontaineís footsteps, if only on a smaller scale. I know that those who watched me pole vault could see my love and my passion as it poured down the runway, because each jump was about the love for the sport, not any glory that could possibly come from it.