Michael Thomas Lopez Memorial Scholarship

In remembrance of Michael Thomas Lopez, with love. Michael was a devoted member of his community and a devoted father. On September 29, 1968, he was born. He had a difficult upbringing and spent a brief time being raised by his grandma. Michael experienced numerous hardships, including abuse, homelessness, and incarceration; yet, after becoming a parent, he completely changed his life. He held the view that to get what you desire in life, you must work hard every day. Baseball was his favorite sport, and he made it known that the Dodgers were the best team. The loves of his life were his five children. In order to provide for his children, he worked many jobs. He coached and assisted others, which helped him become a respected member of his community. Michael worked hard and showed commitment and passion. He put great passion into all he did. Sadly, Michael’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer in May 2022 presented him with the greatest hurdle. With his Dodger blue jersey, he battled valiantly until his death on August 16, 2022. He used to say before he passed away, “Once I get better, I want to help others,” and he can now. He passed away at the young age of 53, leaving his wife and five children to carry on his legacy and promote the interests of passionate parents who wish to further their education. Michael would be honored to assist student parents in realizing their objectives.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I confirm that am a current active participant of the Mt. SAC EOPS Program (to be verified by Program Coordinator)
  2. I am an active participant in the CARE Program (to be verified by Program Coordinator).
  3. In 500 words or less, please share your experience as a parent and a student, including the highs and lows of the journey.