Scholar Spotlight

The JC Runyon Foundation exists to help students move forward after behavioral health issues have drained their financial resources and hopes for a future.

Depression in Teenagers

Is my teenager depressed? How can I tell?

Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Is Mental Illness Hereditary? After a devastating diagnosis like Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia it’s natural to start looking for the cause. First, let me assure you that a person with a mental illness has done nothing to cause the disease. There are contributing factors of course, which we will talk about in a minute, but […]

6 Years Brings a Lot of Change

6 years ago JC Runyon,  Jack to those who knew him, died. In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday, but in other ways it was a lifetime ago. Think about the way the world has changed these past 6 years: the iphone, Facebook, the Kindle, and Netflix alone have changed our daily […]

Our First Official Fundraiser

I am pleased to announce that our very first fundraising event was a resounding success! We received enough donations in one night to fund another scholarship! Our beautiful scholarship recipient, Eli, was poised and confident as she shared a very personal story in front of a room full of adults. I saw many tears fall […]

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! JC Runyon Foundation is looking forward to an exciting 2013. We just awarded our very first scholarship to an amazing young lady who is working toward a degree in psychology! She is going to help a lot of people in the future as a result of her experience and we are honored […]

In Memory of James Shaheen, Sr.

Due to the overwhelming response to the family’s request to send donations to the JC Runyon in lieu of flowers, we are pleased to announce that we will be awarding a James Shaheen, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to a worthy candidate in the fall. James was the father of one of our board members who recently […]

Just a girl…

The following is part of an essay written by a scholarship applicant. This is an amazing young person who has been through more in her young life than most do in a lifetime. Yet she is a thriving young lady with an amazing future. I have her permission to post part of what she wrote […]

Back to school

I just sent my child off to college with a huge sense of mixed feelings: Pride, Sorrow, Relief, Fear, Hope, and Grief. It’s so difficult to let your child, who you’ve seen or at least spoken to every single day of his life, go. And then the bills start piling in. College is expensive. Just […]

Funds still available!

Hey gang! Great news! We still have funds to provide additional scholarships to those who qualify! If you’ve successfully completed an in-patient psychiatric treatment program, maintained a 2.5 GPA for 1 year after treatment, and have been accepted to an accredited college, university, or trade school, apply today! Send me an email so I know […]

What are your thoughts?

I am a parent of a graduating senior. As this year winds down, my thoughts are moving toward his college education and mostly how to pay for it. I want so much for my child to have every possible advantage, as all parents do. Then I consider how parents who’ve struggled with a child who […]

Scholar Spotlight – Katy

          Katy has always dreamed of becoming an oncology nurse, but when major depression began to emerge at the age of 12, she began to see her plans unravel before her eyes. Throughout high school she tried to maintain a facade of perfection and excelled in her classes, but inside she […]

Our Board consists of professionals in the behavioral health care industry and educators. We understand what you’ve been through and we have the resources to help.