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.

School’s Out!

I love the summer, and I have a feeling I’m not alone! Schedules are relaxed, days are long, and the ice cream has fewer calories (I wish!). All around me I hear a collective sigh of relief from teachers and parents alike. Just last night I told my son and his friend that they can […]

Congrats to our 2013-14 Scholarship Winners!

We are so proud to announce that we have awarded 3, yes you heard it right, three scholarships this year. We are blown away by the amazing stories and triumphs. And thanks to the generous donations we’ve received, we are thrilled to be able to grant these ladies the money they need to go to […]

For what can you be proud?

We have spent the day interviewing eligible candidates for our scholarship. We are incredibly honored to be able to finally put faces to the beautiful stories we’ve been reading. There are some powerful ladies out there (all our applicants happened to be girls this time) with a wide variety of stories of triumph over setbacks. […]

Scholarship Applications are due May 3rd (two day extension)

Hopefully, you’ve made your plans for college and you have a goal in mind for your future. For those of you who are putting off your applications to “tweak” it just right, time is running out. Please email me nshaheen@jcrunyonfoundation.org if you’re waiting on a reference or transcripts of some sort and I will make […]

What are the signs of PTSD?

With the recent events in Boston, it’s natural to feel a certain amount of stress. And since our media coverage is so thorough, it’s hard to get away from it. Violent events take their toll on our spirits in ways that is not necessarily visible from the outside. But how can we differentiate between normal […]

Scholarship Applications are Rolling In!

The applications are coming in and we are honored to be able to hear your stories of triumph! I want to share a poem written by one of our applicants sent in 2012 (with her permission, of course): Can’t stand it anymore, no/ Gonna’ kill myself and so/ Into hospital I will go. Can’t have […]

College Scholarship Opportunity

Have you made your final decision on where you will be spending the next 4 years of your life? The decision graduating seniors make is a huge one. The 4 (or 5) years of college can be the most stressful fun you’ll ever have. This is the place that many people meet their future spouses, […]

Depression in Teenagers

Is my teenager depressed? How can I tell?

Is Mental Illness Hereditary?

Is Mental Illness Hereditary? After a devastating diagnosis like Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia it’s natural to start looking for the cause. First, let me assure you that a person with a mental illness has done nothing to cause the disease. There are contributing factors of course, which we will talk about in a minute, but […]

6 Years Brings a Lot of Change

6 years ago JC Runyon,  Jack to those who knew him, died. In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday, but in other ways it was a lifetime ago. Think about the way the world has changed these past 6 years: the iphone, Facebook, the Kindle, and Netflix alone have changed our daily […]

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 […]

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.