The Forrest Arthur Pletcher Memorial Scholarship


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Through awards, a man's name lives on

By Gary W. Morrison
Copyright 2004 The Grand Rapids Press
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When Bill Google graduated from Job Corps, he left not only with carpentry skills but with $500.

Google is one of three graduates from the Grand Rapids program receiving money in memory of a former carpenter.

"I was never able to get my life together until I came here," Google said. "They believed in me, and I got faith in myself now."

Google, Jacob French and Ramone Reynolds were chosen by their classmates as the top students in Job Corps' carpentry program. French received $500, and Reynolds received $1,000 through a carpentry scholarship established in memory of Forrest Pletcher.

"It is money they can use anyway they want," said Charles Pletcher, who established the scholarship to honor his father. "The money goes to carpentry students who exhibit the qualities of enthusiasm, integrity and craftsmanship."

Copyright 2004 The Grand Rapids Press. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

From left: Jacob French, Charles Pletcher I, Betty Pletcher,
Bill Google, and Ramone Reynolds