PORTLAND, Ore. — The Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) recently announced the recipients of its eighth annual Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship. Four Oregon high school students were selected from 226 applicants to receive a $4,000 four-year renewable scholarship, totaling $16,000 per student, at an accredited in-state university, college or trade school.

“Each year proves to be increasingly difficult to narrow down the strong pool of applicants, but it was especially hard this year reviewing applicants who demonstrated such incredible leadership and resilience despite the challenges of a global pandemic,” said Joey Harrington, founder of the Harrington Family Foundation, former NFL quarterback. “We are confident these scholars will make a significant impact on our local community.”

This need-based scholarship focuses on an individual’s involvement in their community, rather than academic or athletic performance. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must achieve a high school diploma or GED; commit to attending an accredited Oregon university, college or trade school; and demonstrate financial need.

The Scholarship Advisory Committee selects scholarship recipients based on strong community leadership, financial need and ‘something special’ – where a student stands out among their peers. The scholarship application is open to Oregon high school seniors from September to March of each academic year, and recipients are awarded by the first week of May. The 2022 scholarship application will open on the Harrington Family Foundation website September 1, 2021.

The 2021 Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship recipients are:

Noora Al Manea, David Douglas High School — Portland, is a National Honor Society student who has demonstrated leadership and resilience through the Refugee and Immigrant Students Empowerment (RISE) Leadership Council and Upward Bound program. Noora will study architecture at Portland State, with the ultimate goal of establishing her own architecture firm that explicitly designs homes for communities navigating the loss of housing.

Monserrat Beltran Juarez, Hood River Valley High School — Parkdale, is an honors student and Hood River Valley High School STEM ambassador with a passion for nursing. As a first-generation college student Monserrat will study both nursing and Spanish at the University of Portland. Monserrat intends to serve her local community as a registered nurse and translator for Spanish speaking families who need access to vital healthcare services.

Grace Feagan, Eagle Point High School — Eagle Point, is a varsity athlete who earned the Scholar Athlete Award and demonstrated leadership as her school’s National Honor Society Secretary, Link Leader, and Eagle Camp Leader. As a McKinney Vento Unaccompanied Youth, Grace has supported herself through high school and will study nursing at Southern Oregon University honors college.

Hope Matthews, David Douglas High School — Portland, is an AP student who has demonstrated leadership as a Link Crew Leader and Teen Council Supervisor while participating in All State Orchestra and Symphonic Strings as an accomplished violist. Hope will study computer engineering at Oregon State University. Hope plans to establish a nonprofit organization in her local community that provides underserved students with resources in computer science.

In addition to the scholarship, each recipient will have mentors throughout and following their schooling to help guide their path to a successful career and future.

Mentors include:

Tinker Hatfield – VP of Design and Special Projects, Nike

Kurt Huffman – Owner, ChefStable Restaurant Group

Ric Jeffries – Co-Owner and Golf Professional, RiverRidge Golf Complex

David Millman – Managing Director, Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Honorable Adrienne Nelson – Oregon Supreme Court Justice

Olivia Ong – Manufacturing Operations Manager, Intel

Jeff Paustian – CEO, JGP Wealth Management

Janae Sorenson – VP, Account Executive, Parker, Smith + Feek

Randy Stegmeier – Principal, Firm 151

Dr. Joanne Warner – Former Dean, University of Portland School of Nursing

About the Harrington Family Foundation

Established in 2002 by former NFL quarterback, Joey Harrington, the Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) has raised more than $2M for students across Oregon. Born and raised in Oregon, Joey believes investing in Oregon students dedicated to pursuing higher education ultimately invests in the state of Oregon. He recognizes leaders do not only exist on the athletic field or in front of a television camera. The Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship program is designed to encourage students who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities but may need help reaching their potential. For more information, visit www.harringtonfamilyfoundation.org.