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.

What are the signs of PTSD?

With the recent events in Boston, it’s natural to feel a certain amount of stress. And since our media coverage is so thorough, it’s hard to get away from it. Violent events take their toll on our spirits in ways that is not necessarily visible from the outside. But how can we differentiate between normal […]

Scholarship Applications are Rolling In!

The applications are coming in and we are honored to be able to hear your stories of triumph! I want to share a poem written by one of our applicants sent in 2012 (with her permission, of course): Can’t stand it anymore, no/ Gonna’ kill myself and so/ Into hospital I will go. Can’t have […]

College Scholarship Opportunity

Have you made your final decision on where you will be spending the next 4 years of your life? The decision graduating seniors make is a huge one. The 4 (or 5) years of college can be the most stressful fun you’ll ever have. This is the place that many people meet their future spouses, […]

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 […]

Scholar Spotlight – Nicholas

Nicholas began his journey with mental illness in middle school when his intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors began to impede his life. He began having panic attacks that ultimately required hospitalization. Once he finally receive his diagnosis, he was able to learn how to manage his behaviors and impulses through a variety of therapies and […]

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.