Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2016 Al Forthan Scholarship Award Winners!

We are pleased and honored to announce the 2016 Al Forthan Scholarship award winners. We truly appreciate your commitment and diligence in reading and scoring the essays. It is not an easy process, but a truly unique and special opportunity to recognize and financially assist so many remarkable young adults in achieving their dreams of attending college. We are extremely grateful for your involvement. We have attached the four top scoring student essays from the second round, please take the time to read their incredible stories.

We had to make several difficult decisions this year. There were so many students who met the criteria of the scholarship and we only had $65,000 to award. Thus, we chose to provide lesser amounts to a larger number of students. We are never sure if this is the right choice because college is so expensive, but our goal is to ensure the students are supported not only financially, but also through the emotional support the scholarship provides each recipient.



Piedad Gonzalez-Diaz (OA #15)—Grants Pass High School—$10,000

Graciela Lyons (OA #20)—Elkton Charter School—$4,000

Jacob Helton (OA #13)—Rainier High School—$4,000

Aminna Ackridge (OA #19)—South Salem High School—$4,000

Alanna Vera (OA #35)—Oregon City High School—$4,000

Asianique Savage (OA #43)—Jefferson High School—$4,000

Danielle Finlay (OA #5)—Neah-Kah-Nie High School—$4,000

Keely Ann Byerly (OA #39)—Parkrose High School—$4,000

Eli Bliss(OA #10)—Gladstone High School—$2,000

William Wright (OA #29)—Gladstone High School—$2,000

Another $23,000 was awarded to 27 students!

Please join us to meet and support the scholarship winners at the 5th Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 4th at New Song Church Community Center from 5:00—7:00pm. We are pleased to announce that Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler will be the keynote speaker. Ted Wheeler was motivated to enter politics while volunteering as an overnight host at the Goose Hollow Shelter where he saw firsthand that we could and should do much more to help the most vulnerable among us. While State Treasurer he has championed many important issues such as theOregon 529 College Savings Network with lower costs and more options for families. We are thrilled to have him as our keynote speaker.

Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship

The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship is open to high school seniors in Oregon. In 2015, $65,000 was awarded to 27 students around Oregon. View the list of past Award winners! . Read Peter Korn's article in the Portland Tribune on the Scholarship and the 2014 winners. Feel its impact in this letter of gratitude from Dominque Cruz-Reyes, a 2014 Scholarship Award winner.

Al Forthan was the first alumnus to work at the VOA Oregon Men's Residential Center. He touched hundreds of lives and brought love, wisdom, integrity, humility, and a deep passion and commitment to recovery. The purpose of the scholarship is to honor Al Forthan, encourage students to explore how addiction affects our community, and think about solutions to this complex problem.

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Join Us for the Annual Larch Mountain Hike and Bike event on July 30th!

The event consists of a Hike & Bike with barbeque at the top of Larch Mountain. To participate click on "Become a Fundraiser" and select which way to the top you will take. All participants must raise or donate a minimum of $50 to their fundraising page by July 30th.

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