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.
“A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts”.
This quote goes along with my beliefs. I grew up always hearing that you have to want it more than the other guy and I took that idea to heart. In the six years I have participated in track and field, I have lost a lot of races, but I believe that I have never been out worked. There have been faster kids, kids with better form, and kids who were just flat out better, and I have beaten them.