3/13/2014 4:28:00 PM New scholarship seeks to keep leaders in Oregon
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Liam Rowley and Molly Martin of Central Catholic flank Joey Harrington. The retired quarterback cited the two Central Catholic students as the kind of people he would like to give college scholarships.
An Oregon sports legend chose the Central Catholic High School library as the venue to announce a new scholarship.
Joey Harrington, retired NFL quarterback, this spring will start giving four high school seniors from Oregon $2,500 per year if they attend an in-state university, college or trade school. He hopes donors will help the fund grow to cover full scholarships, keeping potential leaders from migrating to other states.
"This is not just for the 3.9 or 4.0 students," Harrington said at a press conference March 13. "We want people who are going to be community leaders, kids who have shown willingness to jump into their community."
The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship is not just for athletes, but for those who are willing to lead the community to be better.
Harrington says decisions will be made based on need, leadership and a spark of zeal.
"It's for kids who show a lot of bravery, a lot of leadership and a lot of attitude," Harrington explained.
He pointed to two Central Catholic seniors as the kind of students he's looking for: Liam Rowley, who attended Roseway Heights for grade school, went on a plunge to learn what it's like to be homeless. Molly Martin, a St. Clare School graduate, coaches a Special Olympics basketball team.
In addition to the money, scholarship winners will receive a mentor from the world of Oregon business, agriculture, medicine, law and other fields. Harrington has been calling on a lot of friends to be mentors, including those from his days as star student and quarterback at the University of Oregon.
Dave Frohnmayer, retired after 15 years as president of the University of Oregon, sat by Harrington's side at the press conference. He serves on the board of the Harrington Foundation.
"Leadership is a rare commodity and the world is crying out for the next generation of leaders," Frohnmayer said.
Also involved in the project is Tinker Hatfield, former UO track star and now an official at Nike.
"If you have talent and drive, you still need opportunity," Hatfield said, citing the need for networking. "We want the best and the brightest to stay in our home state and give back."
Applications are due April 14 and can be found at the foundation's website, www.harringtonfamilyfoundation.org.