Scholar Spotlight: Elizabeth

After suffering from debilitating panic attacks that started at the age of 11, Liz finally achieved stability in time to graduate from high school with her peers. Even though her grades were erratic (as are many of the students who have struggled with mental health issues) she scored a 1510 on her SAT. She will be attending the University of Memphis as a biology major with hopes to attend Vet School.

“The JC Runyon Foundation will allow me to be the first {member of my family} to graduate high school and move on to college to actually make something of myself and derail some stigma surrounded by mental illnesses. This scholarship will make things easier on my mother and will give me a chance to show my little brothers that a mental illness, large or small, will not stop me. I want to set an example and prove that even with my past I can still make impressive strides to obtain my goals and attend the college of my choice.”

We are so very proud of this beautiful, strong and powerful young lady and are pleased to be able to help her start #movingforward.

Are you, or do you know anyone who might be ready to start #LiveYourNextChapter with JC Runyon Foundation? Head over to our Application Process page and Apply Today!

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Scholar Spotlight – Rian

Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]

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