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 – 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 – Corinne!
Corinne has always had a highly sensitive personality, which is a very good thing, but can also be very tough to deal with during the early teen years. She learned early just how tough it can be, and the bullying and teasing during middle school led to a severe depression and anxiety disorder. Thus began […]
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 […]
Scholar Spotlight – Stephanie
Meet Stephanie – University of California – Davis Class of 2018 Stephanie’s journey with depression and generalized anxiety disorder began during middle school and continued to progressively increase as she grew up. Her mental health began to bottom our her junior year of high school after she withdrew from the public school and began a […]
Scholar Spotlight – Lewis
Lewis is an incredibly talented cellist. So talented, in fact, right out of high school he was one of two freshman awarded a full ride merit based scholarship to a prestigious Conservatory of Music. But the stress of this rigorous program, almost losing his best friends in a devastating car accident, and the self medication […]
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 […]