Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2017 Al Forthan Scholarship Award Winners!

We are pleased and honored to announce the 2017 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 $69,500 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.



Margarita Solis-Fernandez (OA #6) — Crescent Valley High School — $10,000

Alexis Cannard (OA #1) — Roosevelt High School — $8,000

Abby Tescher (OA #15) — La Grande High School — $8,000

Nathan Morton (OA #32) — Roosevelt High School — $4,000

Vanesia Dedmon (OA #33) — Parkrose High School — $4,000

Another $35,000 was awarded to 31 students!

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. 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.
To apply for the scholarship, visit our Tumblr page or contact Alex Rice at or (503) 802-0299

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Join Us for the Annual Larch Mountain Hike and Bike event on July 29, 2017!

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 29th.

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