Hunter Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund

Applications are being accepted for the 2024-2025 academic school year!

Submissions are accepted between January 1, 2024 – March 31, 2024. We HIGHLY recommend reading through the helpful hints, eligibility criteria and timeline. If you have questions about your eligibility or need any assistance, please use the contact information above to connect with us anytime!

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Hunter Lopez

Lopez was among 13 U.S. servicepeople who were killed in the bombing at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport on August 26, 2021. Hunter Lopez was a graduate of La Quinta High School, and spent much of his life at La Quinta schools. Hunter was dedicated to service and community and was an amazing son, person and patriot. Hunter was proud to serve his fellow man, and never settled for anything less than perfection. To honor Hunter and to carry on with his mission of helping others, the Hunter Lopez Memorial Scholarship was created to support La Quinta High School graduates who plan to pursue a career in public service.

Hunter was a member of the United States Marine Corps in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was only 22 years old at the time of his passing, during his short life he dedicated his teenage years and adult life to service and took pride in being part of organizations with a rich tradition. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Hunter was a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scout from 2014-2017 for Post 507, where he obtained the rank of Captain.

Hunter served in the Marine Corps for four years; His first three years as part of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company A, 5th Platoon and most recently as a member of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Golf Company, 1st Platoon. Hunter’s plan included finishing out his fifth and final year in the marine corps and immediately joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.