VOA Awards $20,500 to Students

In May, 2010, the Volunteers of America Men’s Residential (MRC) awarded their Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship.  This scholarship has been awarded annually since 2006 in honor of Al Forthan.  Al was a heroin addict and crime lord in inner northeast Portland for almost 30 years.  He entered treatment at the MRC, took his recovery seriously, and changed everything about his life.  He continued on to Portland Community College and entered their program to become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  After he graduated, he was hired by the MRC:  the first client to come back and be a staff member.  Al was a phenomenal, life-changing counselor for ten years before passing away in 2006.  He epitomized that anyone, no matter what his or her past, could have a healthy and happy life and change the world for the better.

This year, $20,500 was awarded to 33 Portland-area students through the scholarship fund.  In 2011, scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded to Portland Public high school graduating seniors and one $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from anywhere in Oregon who has been directly affected by addiction (self, parent, or caretaker was/is addicted).

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check made out to the Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship Fund to 2318 NE MLK Jr Blvd, PDX, OR 97212; drop off redeemable cans and bottles at the above address; attend our 4th Annual Larch Mountain Bike and Hike on August14th; or contact Greg Stone at gstone@voaor.org.

Thanks so much for your support of local students pursuing healthy lifestyles!