In 2005, the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee established a scholarship program to benefit Coos County high school students who have participated in cross country and/or track and field programs at their respective schools.
To qualify for scholarship consideration, the student must be a high school senior, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have been a resident of Coos County since at least September 1st of the previous year, have participated in either cross country and /or track and field and have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their sport.
Each candidate is asked to provide an official transcript and an activities chart showing their involvement in school/family/community activities, volunteer service, and work for pay. Finally, the student is asked to write a 250-400 word essay on what one of three Steve Prefontaine quotes means to them:
The Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee meets in the spring to review the applications and to decide who will be recipients of a $1,000 scholarship.
Congratulations and best wishes to each for continued success as they pursue college degrees.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine
This quote is very meaningful to me because I am experiencing a gift in life right now, the gift of running. This wasn't always the case and I have learned from my past to never take it for granted.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -- Steve Prefontaine
When you enter earth god blesses you with a gift of some sort. Everyone is blessed with some kind of gift; the challenge is finding what it is. Many people may search their whole life searching for what their special gift is. What they might find in the end is that you may not have to be exceptionally good at something to have the gift.
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