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.

 

2014 Mikena Shay
North Bend High School
Southwestern Oregon CC

An Essay by Mikena Shay

Every dedicated athlete wants to be successful, and that characteristic also shows up in their every day lives. However, success doesn't come easy. Being an athlete myself, I believe you must always give your very best in order to receive the success you seek. Therefore, Steve Prefontaine's quote, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift", are words that I live by as my motivation to be successful in my daily training, my competitions, and my every day living.

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2013 Levi Graber
North Bend High School
Oregon State University

Who Has The Most Guts

An Essay by Levi Graber

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts"
 
Many times I have heard coaches or friends say that a cross country race can be broken down into three parts. You run the first with your legs, the second with your mind and the third with your heart. I think they left out though that if you don't have enough guts you're not going to get anywhere. When your legs are over-worked and on fire, it's your guts that say, "C'mon, you can go faster than this."

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2013 Lauren McGowne
Marshfield High School
Southern Oregon University

An Essay by Lauren McGowne

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift"
 
Success came easily during my 2010 and 2011 track seasons, but 2012 was disappointing. My jumps coach took a leave of absence and instead of believing in myself, pushing harder, and knowing that I could compete successfully, I lost the self-confidence needed to be competitive. I started getting weaker marks and felt as if I was letting everyone down.

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2013 Tyler Wiprud
Bandon High School
Pacific Univiversity

An Essay by Tyler Wiprud

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
 
Prefontaine is an embodiment of everything I know and love about running. The one place I believe I learned most about life and running was when I attended Steens Mountain Running Camp. I hated it at first, but it taught me a lot about determination.

One of my most memorable moments at Steens was during my second year on what's known as the Big Day. The year prior, I wasn't able to finish, but that year, I was adamant that I would finish.

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2012 Courtney Greif
North Bend High School
Southwestern Oregon CC

An Essay by Courtney Greif

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine

There is no better feeling in the world than the way I feel immediately after finishing a challenging cross country race. My breathing, heavy and in gasps, barely being able to stand up straight, the extreme exhaustion in my bones and muscles, and knowing, no matter what my time shows, that I gave my best effort throughout the entire race and finished leaving nothing else inside of me.

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2012 Eduardo (Eddie) Rodriguez
Marshfield High School
Oregon State University

An Essay by Eduardo (Eddie) Rodriguez

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift" - Steve Prefontaine

These words echo through my head like the constant breath I take every time I run. Prefontaine fueled a community and an entire nation with his love of running. His passion for running propelled him into success and he inspired thousands of athletes to do the same. I am one of those runners who have been inspired.

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