August 10, 2015

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Harrington Family Foundation Announces Second Annual Scholarship Winners

2015 recipients of the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship chosen

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) recently announced its second annual recipients of the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship. Four Oregon high school students were selected among 145 applicants to receive a four-year renewable scholarship for $2,500 to attend an in-state university, college or trade school.

This need-based scholarship focuses on an individual’s involvement in his or her community, rather than academic or athletic performance.

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship recipients are:

  • Tiffany Belvoir, Culver High School – Culver, is an honor student with a passion for public speaking, who has demonstrated leadership as her school’s Student Body President, FFA Chapter Officer, FBLA Officer, and High School Class Officer. Tiffany independently took on a project to determine the amount of waste in her school nutrition program, and proposed solutions to her US congressman. She studies environmental engineering at Oregon State University.
  • Karen Espinoza, McKay High School—Salem, is an AP student with a commitment to public service as a member of the Salem Police Cadet Program. In addition to Karen’s rigorous academic schedule, she loves art and volunteers for the Annual Salem Art Festival. With a sense of altruism and the desire to empower her community through law enforcement, Karen attends Willamette University to study forensic science.
  • Antonio Ramirez, Woodburn High School – Woodburn, is an honor student and varsity athlete. Known among his peers for his kind and gentle spirit, Antonio is a top student at Woodburn High School (WAAST). Antonio’s unique approach to servant leadership has made him an essential part of student leadership teams from the Woodburn Architecture Club to volunteering at the Nellie Meir Book Fair. He attends Portland State University and is studying English literature.
  • Mitchell Thomas, Philomath High School – Philomath, is an honor student and varsity athlete with a strong commitment to student leadership as a Class President, Class Vice President and Senior Link Crew team member. With a quiet leadership style, Mitchell excels as a student-athlete role model at Philomath High, where he has mentored freshman students. Mitchell attends Portland State University to studies journalism and competes in Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field.

“We had a strong group of applicants for the scholarship program this year, and it was tough to narrow it down to four students,” said Joey Harrington, Founder for the Harrington Family Foundation and former NFL quarterback. “I am excited about the four inspiring, motivated young adults we have chosen, and I look forward to seeing the impact they make on the communities of their chosen schools.”

Karen Espinoza, Antonio Ramirez, Emily Harrington, Joey Harrington, Mitchell Thomas and Tiffany Belvoir at the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship dinner

Karen Espinoza, Antonio Ramirez, Emily Harrington, Joey Harrington, Mitchell Thomas and Tiffany Belvoir at the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship dinner

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

  • Tinker Hatfield – Vice President 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
  • Jeff Paustian – Managing Director, JGP Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Randy Stegmeier – Principal, Firm 151
  • Joanne Warner, Dean, University of Portland School of Nursing
  • Grant Hammersley, Opus Event Agency

The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program was created by Joey Harrington and the Foundation as a way to recognize Oregon high school students who exemplify outstanding leadership skills and the ability to succeed. The Scholarship Advisory Committee selected scholarship recipients based on 45 percent community leadership, 45 percent financial need, and 10 percent on “something special.”

Since its inception in 2003, the Harrington Family Foundation has donated more than $1 million to Oregon nonprofits that support education and healthcare for in-state youth. For more information about the Foundation and the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program, visit

About the Harrington Family Foundation
Established in 2003 by former NFL quarterback, Joey Harrington, the Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) has raised more than $1 million 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 Quarterback Scholarship program is designed to encourage students who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities, but may need help reaching their potential. The Foundation is located at 1355 NW 13th Ave. in the Pearl District. For more information, visit