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:
- “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run.”
- “A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.”
- “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.