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.

 

2007 Amber Wiley  
Marshfield High School    
Jacksonville State

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 Prefontaine's 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.

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2006 Annyika Corbett,
Myrtle Point High School,
Swarthmore College

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,

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2006 Megan Hibner,
North Bend High School,
Oregon State University

The Beauty of the Run
An Essay by Megan Hibner

 
"Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run."
 
Although I never had the opportunity of seeing Pre run when he was alive, I have seen many films, read many books, and heard many first-hand accounts of his awe inspiring presence on the track. The beauty that he strove to portray through running will forever be a masterpiece hanging in the hearts of those who have witnessed his extraordinary talent.

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2006 Kassy Lynass,
North Bend High School,
Montana State University

 

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

I became a runner when I moved to Oregon. I'm not sure whether my family's relocation to the Coos Bay/North Bend area, distance Mecca and hometown of Steve Prefontaine; or some other factor prompted this transformation. However, to my then fourth-grade brain, the two events were indistinguishable. In my first week of school at Hillcrest Elementary

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2006 Chris Platano
Myrtle Point High School
Willamette University

 
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2005 Andrew Greif
North Bend High School
University of Oregon

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