FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2014
Nancy Marshall, Executive Director, Harrington Family Foundation
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Meridel Prideaux, Publicist, Coates Kokes
Joey Harrington Announces New Scholarship for Oregon High School Students
Scholarships to be awarded May 1 to Oregon’s emerging student leaders
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) announced today the new Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program. Four, four-year renewable scholarships for $2,500 will be awarded to Oregon high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and will attend an Oregon university, college or trade school during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Foundation is making an annual commitment of $40K in perpetuity with the intent to grow with additional partners.
Established in 2003 by Portland native Joey Harrington, the Foundation strives to support Oregon-based nonprofits dedicated to providing education and healthcare to in-state youth. Harrington, former NFL quarterback and University of Oregon standout football player, started the scholarship fund to support Oregon high school students who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities, but may need help reaching their potential.
“The development of young, local leadership is an essential part of the long-term success of our state,” says Harrington. “Our scholarship program allows us to recognize youth in our communities who exemplify outstanding leadership skills and the ability to succeed. I’m thankful to be able give back and serve the communities that supported me and my family through my career.”
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must achieve a high school diploma or GED; commit to attending an Oregon university, college or trade school in the 2014-2015 academic year; complete either the SAT or ACT standardized test; and demonstrate financial need. For a full list of eligibility requirements and to download a copy of the application, visit the Foundation’s website. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
The Scholarship Advisory Committee will select scholarship recipients based on 45 percent application, 45 percent financial need, and 10 percent on “something special.” To be considered, all applicants must complete and submit the scholarship application form, along with a one-page personal essay and two letters of recommendation, by 5 p.m. April 14, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2014.
Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has donated more than $1M to Oregon nonprofits that support education and healthcare for in-state youth.
Harrington graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland where he was awarded the Holy Spirit Leadership Award in 1997. He went on to attend the University of Oregon from 1998-2001. As a quarterback for University of Oregon, Harrington finished his college football career as a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2001. He was the third overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and went on to play professionally.
For more information about the Harrington Family Foundation and the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program, visit www.harringtonfamilyfoundation.org
About the Harrington Family Foundation
Established in 2003 by former NFL quarterback, Joey Harrington, the Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) has raised more than $1M 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. For more information, visit www.harringtonfamilyfoundation.org.