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.

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. […]

Scholar Spotlight – Ethan

Growing up Ethan has always loved letters. Not just for the simple symbols they represent on the surface, but also for the power each individual symbol has. For example, Ethan explains that letters make words, clauses, sentences culminating into something as complex as college essay. This love for the power of letters probably came from […]

Scholar Spotlight – Jade

Anxiety had been Jade’s shadow much of her childhood. Her family tried to connect her to supports for her mental health during her early childhood, but by the end of middle school and during the transition into high school, that anxiety had twisted into something ugly and unrecognizable leading to 3 inpatient hospitalizations. This began […]

Scholar Spotlight – Shanice

Childhood can be tough, but Shanice had an unusually hard childhood. Growing up, Shanice lived through abuse and neglect by her birth parents. Her father was often jailed, leaving her birth mother and sisters in extreme poverty and homelessness. The lack of safe living environment and good health care led to her sister’s permanent developmental […]

Scholar Spotlight – Chad

On the outside looking in, you’d think that Chad has it all together (and he really does), but on the inside, he struggles with anxiety and deep depression. His parents dubbed this internal struggle, the dark side of Chad when he was little. Fortunately, his family has been supportive since he was very young and […]

Presenting 2019-20 Mary Cathryn White Memorial Scholarship Winner

Myla Franklin, University of Memphis Class of 2023 Myla comes from an environment where, like many families, her parents did not understand that reaching out for help with depression and anxiety is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. But after a particularly difficult year of major family changes, her anxiety and depression began […]

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Scholar Spotlight – Anna

Life was pretty great for Anna. She described her home as her sanctuary. She had a wonderful family, lots of friends, good grades, life was good. But when that sanctuary turned into a war zone, her anxiety began to take over. She felt an enormous pressure to be perfect at everything, perfect daughter, perfect friend, […]

Scholar Spotlight – Ellie

Ellie grew up in a typical middle class home with a loving family. And although she was somewhat aware of mental health issues, she really didn’t pay much attention to it. But that all changed her sophomore year of high school when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her at school. She spent a month trying […]

Scholar Spotlight – Jeffrey!

Jeffrey – Linfield College – Class of 2022 Oscar Wilde said that, “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This has become Jeffrey’s mantra. Although he doesn’t claim to be exquisite, he does attribute his tragedy to where he is today. Jeffrey’s story started early in life. He never felt that he […]

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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Are you ready to #LiveYourNextChapter? Apply today! Click HERE to learn more.

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