Live Your Next Chapter

Preparing for college is an exciting and challenging time for all students, but for those affected by mental and behavioral health, it can be overwhelming and even seem impossible.

About Us

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

jc-runyonThe foundation was founded in the spirit of the late John Charles “Jack” Runyon, a private practice psychologist whose life’s work was to give his patients the tools to help themselves. Help continue his legacy by giving students who have dedicated their lives to mental stability and sobriety a chance at an education.

Thanks to generous donors like you, families affected by behavioral health no longer have to choose between paying expensive medical bills and college. Since 2010, thanks to the JC Runyon Foundation, students plagued with a past of behavioral health issues and inpatient behavioral health treatment have been given a second chance at life and the opportunity to attend college.

The Cost of Stability

Strict limits on insurance benefits for mental health create major financial burdens for patients and their families.

Inpatient Treatment Costs

$8,509 – Schizophrenia treatment for 11.1 days
$7,593 – Bipolar disorder treatment for 9.4 days
$6,990 – Depression treatment for 8.4 days
$4,591 – Drug use disorder treatment for 5.2 days
$5,908 – Alcohol use disorder treatment for 6.2 days

More Than a Check

JC Runyon scholarship recipients become a part of the JC Runyon family once awarded a scholarship.

Your contributions allow us to develop relationships with each student, check in and offer support along the way.

The JC Runyon Foundation commits to helping students with tuition throughout the length of their program (4-16 semesters) as long as they maintain good standing with the school.

The JC Runyon Foundation has awarded more than $280,000 in scholarship funding to 22 students thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

More than 90 percent of JC Runyon Foundation scholarship recipients successfully complete their programs of study.


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. […]

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.