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The John Robert Velásquez Memorial Scholarship was created at Roosevelt High School to pay homage to the memory of my only brother who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. My brother was proud to be a U.S. Marine and although he dropped out of junior high, he always dreamt of bettering himself. The main objective of the John Robert Velásquez Scholarship is to increase the number of Chicanos/Latinos and African Americans in the University system. The Memorial Scholarship is awarded once a year to a Roosevelt High School senior who plans on pursuing a college degree.

Some of the past recipients of the John Robert Velásquez Memorial Scholarship include Mayra Soto and Alfred Castillo, who attended CSU in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

For more information or to make a donation to the John Robert Velásquez Scholarship, please contact the Counselling Department at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado.

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