Steve Prefontaine

International Track Star - Running Legend

Prefontaine Scholarship Program

 

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:

  1. “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.”
  2. “A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.”
  3. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

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.

 

2008 Jared Bassett
Marshfield High School
University of Portland

An Essay by Jared Bassett

"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.

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2008 Jessianne Heley  
North Bend High School    
Eastern Oregon

An Essay by Jessianne Heley

"Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run."
 
Prefontaine could not have said it any better, and many since have tried; yet failed. For that quote perfectly fits the raw beauty of running. It has acted as a proverb for all people who fancy themselves to be an avid member of any running community.

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2008 Garren Hitner
Myrtle Point High School    
Oregon State University

An Essay by Garren Hitner

"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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2008 Spenser Lynass
North Bend High School
Colorado State University

 

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2008 Alison Worthen  
Marshfield High School    
Seattle Pacific University

 

No Essay Found!

2007 Hollie Lemerande  
Bandon High School    
Linfield College

 

 
No Essay Found!