About Ivan Cruz Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Ivan Cruz Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to 3 REACH Ashland Youth Center members. Each scholarship is $500 and can be used toward tuition and textbooks. This scholarship is for REACH Ashland Youth Center members who are 16-24 years old and have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. Applicants are required to participate in the Ashland Cherryland FamFest 5k FunRun and have performed some community pride/service volunteer hours.
This scholarship is in honor of Ivan Cruz, a 14-year old boy from Ashland that was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ashland in 2014. Ivan was known and loved by many people in the Ashland and Cherryland communities. He is remembered as a happy teenager who was always riding his scooter, or skateboard. He especially liked to do this at the Jack Holland Sr. Park, which is next to the REACH Ashland Youth Center. He loved being at the Ashland Youth Complex and benefited from all the people and services that supported him.
Ivan reminds us that youth are our community’s greatest asset. Their hopes, needs, creativity and dreams should serve as our compass. We believe that when youth thrive, so does our future.