Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship

Al Forthan

The Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center (MRC) is again offering their Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship.  Eight scholarships, totaling $9,500, will be awarded in May 2010 to Portland-area graduating high school seniors.

Greg Stone, Program Director, created this scholarship in 2006 upon the death of Al Forthan.  Al was a heroin addict and crime lord in northeast Portland for decades.  He entered treatment at the MRC in April, 1992 after going to prison eight different times throughout his adult life.  He was ready to change and put forth the effort to lead a different life.  After graduating, Al went to PCC to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  He was hired to be a counselor at the MRC in 1996, the first client to be hired to work there.  Al was a phenomenal counselor who aided and inspired many men before he passed away in 2006.

Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors at the following schools:  Benson, Franklin, Jefferson (Al’s alma mater), Madison, Marshall, and Roosevelt.  Another $1,000 scholarship is open to a graduating senior from the other Portland Public high schools (Cleveland, Grant, Lincoln, and Wilson).  The Addicted Families Scholarship is for any graduating senior in Multnomah County who comes from an addicted family.  That award amount is $2,500.  The deadline for applications is April 5, 2010.

If you’d like to support the Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship Fund, you can make a donation to Volunteers of America and write “Al’s fund” in the memo line.  You can drop off cans and bottles at the MRC at any time of day or night–it’s open 24 hours a day.  The MRC will be having  fundraising events this spring and summer: 5/17 – 10% of sales at the Convention Center Burgerville will go to the fund. 8/14 – Bike-and-hike at Larch Mountain. 7/21 – Free 20th birthday bash at the Oregon Zoo.  Also, look for an online auction in May. If you’d like more information on the scholarship or any of these events, please contact Julia at 503-802-0299 or

Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center is located at 2318 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland OR 97212.