I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon. I applied for the scholarship because I was focused on getting enough funding for college to get me away from my drug addicted father and stepmother. Obviously, given my experience at home and of recent, the scholarship had a profound affect on me. The scholarship gave me the confidence to push for more and continue to accomplish my dreams!
Attending college was some of the best years of my life. I learned more about myself because of my experiences in college and became an all-around better person.
The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship has given me the confidence to believe in myself and has helped me to give back. I want to be able to volunteer my time and help those that grew up in similar situations as myself.
Thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do for kids like me.



Applications Due February 7, 2022

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The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an Oregon high school senior from a family affected by alcohol or drug addiction. Affected by addiction means you have been raised by a parent or guardian who has experienced addiction or you have abused alcohol or drugs and are now pursuing recovery.

One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2022.  It will be allocated in $2,500 installments over four years.

To be eligible for the $10,000 scholarship you will need to include in your application a one page (maximum) letter of support from a teacher, coach, school counselor, adult mentor, pastor, etc. describing your character and why they recommend you for this scholarship.

Several other scholarships of various amounts will be awarded in 2022. To be eligible for the scholarships less than $10,000 you do not need a letter of support.

How to apply:  

Scholarship awards are based on the students’ response to each of the following six questions or statements. Please submit your application below as a Microsoft Word or Google Document. If you don’t have a Google account you can email it to Tessa Fowler at as a Microsoft Word or Google Document. Make sure to list your sources for questions 1 & 2. Please type out each question, followed by your response. All essays should be typed in 12pt font size, Times New Roman font and double-spaced. 

If you have any questions, please email Tessa Fowler at or call her at 503-802-0299.