St. Jude Runs

Michael D. McCoy Scholarship

Applications for the 2024 Michael D. McCoy St. Jude Runs Scholarship are closed.

This scholarship celebrates advances in the treatment of childhood cancer, St. Jude families, and the history of the St. Jude Run.

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Established in 2006 in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run, the reason behind this scholarship was threefold:

  1. To honor the progress made by St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer since 1962. At that time, the cure rate for all childhood cancers was less than 5%. It is now over 90%, but we still have a long way to go.
  2. To honor those who have joined the St. Jude family: patients, siblings, parents, runners, and volunteers. In that spirit, we open this scholarship to current or former patients AND their siblings.
  3. To honor Mike McCoy and his tireless work for St. Jude and the Midwest Affiliate. It’s easy to say St. Jude and the Affiliate would not have the regional awareness they have without Mike’s efforts.


  1. Current or former patient of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or a sibling of a current or former patient.
  2. High school senior or already enrolled in college or an accredited vocational school.
  3. Maintained a “C” or above average.
  4. Applicants whose college or vocational school entry or continued enrollment is interrupted by military service will be considered.


Once our selection is approved by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, the recipient will be notified in early May 2024.

Recipient(s) will be introduced and have the opportunity to speak to the runners and their guests during an awards ceremony in Memphis to kick off the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run!


Questions may be addressed to: Doug Valentine at 309-678-8158 or email at drvb8d@umsystem.edu

Applications for the 2024 Michael D. McCoy St. Jude Runs Scholarship are closed.