I graduated from Whitworth University with honors Cum Laude in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology on the pre-medical track. In college, I was involved in various community service projects, mentorship positions, and of course intramural soccer. My time in college was highly impactful and allowed me to foster relationships with friends and professors who have become family in nature. It is so true when they say it takes a village to raise a child. The community I fostered at Whitworth has continued to remain a strong support system for me as I journey onward to life outside of college. At this point in time, I am working as a medical scribe in Spokane, WA. I recently submitted my medical school applications and have begun to receive secondary applications from various schools. I plan to attend medical school fall of 2020 and pursue a specialty in family medicine. While in Spokane I am spending my time rock climbing, playing soccer for the city league, and rekindling my love for reading. I would encourage anyone to seek new passions during gap years of college. The summer after I graduated, I worked as a barista as I prepared for the MCAT. Ultimately, I am so grateful for the Al Forthan Scholarship that enable me to attend Whitworth University.
How to Support the Scholarship?
Donate: Send a check to 2318 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97212 C/O Greg Stone. Or DONATE ONLINE.
Become an Al Forthan Scholarship Judge: Read and evaluate applications for the Al Forthan Scholarship once a year. This takes about four hours of your time and offers an opportunity to get to know the scholarship winners through their personal stories. Email Tessa Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about becoming a Scholarship Judge.
Scholarship Trainings: Throughout the year the scholarship hosts monthly trainings to raise money. Academics and professors teach on a variety of topics ranging from racial reconciliation to the impact of the opiate epidemic and solution-focused efforts in our community. Check out our events and trainings.
Join us for the Al Forthan Awards Ceremony: Every spring we come to together to honor the current students who have been awarded the scholarship and to hear from past scholarship winners. Watch the 2022 Virtual Ceremony on our YouTube channel.
Bike and Hike on Larch Mountain: It can be tough but getting to the top is definitely worth it where we give away raffle prizes, eat a delicious lunch and celebrate the scholarship.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program: Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 84725. You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
BottleDrop Give: The Al Forthan Scholarship has partnered with BottleDrop Give! Here’s how you can help.
- Pick up blue BottleDrop bags and tags from the MRC at 2318 NE MLK Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97212 or have bags dropped off to you by emailing Tess Fowler at email@example.com.
- Fill the bags with Oregon deposit containers. Plastic, aluminum, and glass go in the same bags.
- Bring your filled blue BottleDrop bags to the MRC or return them at any BottleDrop location. Up to 10 bags can be returned daily. The label on the blue bags will open the secure BottleDrop door.
Donate BottleDrop Funds: Already have a BottleDrop account? You can donate your funds directly to the scholarship by searching “VOA – Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship” on the BottleDrop website to donate your BottleDrop balance.
Donate your Car or Boat: The Vehicle Donation Program receives donated cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats, motor homes, travel trailers, and aircraft to sell on our virtual lot or at auction. Proceeds from the sale support the Al Forthan Scholarship.
Visit our vehicle donation form and specify that you want the proceeds to go to the Al Forthan Scholarship.
Agency Partnership for Trainings: Have your agency partner with us in co-presenting an Al Forthan training to raise funds for the scholarship. What we would ask of your agency is to commit to sending several of your staff to the training and assist us in advertising the training with your partner agencies and contacts. It is a great way for your agency to learn current and useful information while also helping to raise money for the Scholarship. If you are interested in partnering with us, contact Greg Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org