Lorick awards compassion in students
Dale Thompson Of the Record staff
Compassion is an important quality to Forrest Lorick. To reward this trait in students he established the Der Forst scholarship. "I started seeing a new generation of kids that really inspired me so I came up with a scholarship that’s based on compassion," he says.
Lorick defines compassion as, "outreaching to fellow students."
Originally, Lorick’s scholarship went to Crested Butte High School in Colorado. He credits the Scholarship Advisor at Park City High School, Dana Ardovino, with persuading him to donate to the students in Park City.
He created the award as part of the Community Scholarship program at PCHS that collects donations from people in the community and uses the funds to award scholarships to students.
Ardovino, stresses that there is a need for scholarships in this community. "Many families are striving just to make ends meet in this town. Some of our students are planning to attend expensive colleges, while others are simply hoping for the chance to get a degree," she says.
Donors are allowed to set as many as 14 criteria to be eligible for the award.
Lorick outlined 11 criteria with qualities taken from Matthew 22:39 "Love your neighbor as yourself." Those criteria include: an active participation in faith, integrity, sacrifice, forgiveness, responsibility, virtue, respect, volunteerism, compassion, growth in character and a minimum GPA of 2.5.
The Der Forst scholarship is available to high school seniors and is renewable for four years.
The first recipient of the Der Forst Scholarhip was Austin Stobaugh. "We had a number of great kids that applied and Austin kind of stood out. He had a real strong faith. Interviewing his teachers and students they all said Austin never said anything bad about anyone," Lorick says.
One thing that caught Lorick’s attention was Austin’s generosity and, "his compassion to his fellow students and he did a lot of volunteer work in the community."
In order to keep the scholarship, Stobaugh must keep a "C" average and comply with one simple request. "All he has to do each year is write me a short note saying what he has done in volunteering during college," Lorick says.
Ardovino is grateful for the support Lorick has shown to the Community Scholarship Program. "I admire and respect Forrest Lorick’s compassionate and giving spirit. So many people in this community have the ability to make a difference in the lives of our young people. Forrest has stepped up to do just that," she says.
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