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 – 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 […]
Scholar Spotlight – Amy
From a very early age, Amy always wanted to be a professional dancer. Even though her instructors were harsh, she listened and took the insults to heart, like many other young dancers do. Unfortunately, this led to years worth of self harming behaviors and eventually suicidal ideation. She spent several years trying to find the […]
Scholar Spotlight: Jordan
We are so proud of Jordan’s choice to attend the University of Memphis as an education major. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a teacher. I believe my experiences will help me to connect with students, especially the ones that are going through challenges. Do I regret what happened to me? No. […]
Scholar Spotlight: Jacob
The JC Runyon Foundation is pleased to present our 5th Scholarship Recipient for 2017 – Jacob R. After losing his beloved grandfather in 2012, Jacob began to mask his pain through self medication – drugs and alcohol. This quickly spiraled into an addiction that contributed to legal troubles and eventually led to a treatment program […]
Scholar Spotlight: Keegan
The JC Runyon Foundation is pleased to spotlight our 4th Scholar for 2017: Keegan After enduring a crushing major depressive episode his Sophomore year in high school, Keegan began the long journey of treatment. As many kids his age, it took several different treatment plans to finally find the correct diagnoses and discover his life’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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