Austin Weirich Memorial
Scholarship & 5K Run
Helping Young People
Shortly after Austin’s death, our family decided to establish a memorial scholarship fund at his high school. Austin placed a high value on education and we knew it was important to help other young people achieve that same dream.
Over the past four years, we have given away over 20K in college scholarships to students from Austin’s high school. The Austin Weirich Memorial Scholarship is worth 2K dollars and matched for another 2K with the “Dollars for Scholars Program” for a total of 4K dollars.
To be eligible for this scholarship, a high school senior must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have participated in track and/or football all four years of high school. We require all students to submit an essay sharing a challenging circumstance in their life that they have overcome. Many of these essays over the past few years, have brought tears to our eyes and it’s a tough decision each year to narrow it down to just one deserving student.
Any Senior from Goshen High School who meets these criteria can apply. Contact your guidance counselor in January if you are interested. The application deadline is April 15th and the scholarship is given out during The Senior Awards Night which is held on the Thursday evening before graduation.
We have awarded our scholarship to students who have been homeless during their senior year or have been a caregiver to a sick parent and some have even overcome physical and emotional abuse in their home. These stories help us realize that resilience and hope are still alive and well in our young people.
2021 Recipient – Sasha Ramos
We knew Sasha Ramos had to be pretty special to achieve all that she had in the midst of a global pandemic. During her senior year she was an excellent student, athlete, musician, singer, president of her class, part time worker and family caregiver. She’ll continue her education at Indiana University in Bloomington and we’re pretty sure she’s going to make a big impact on this world helping others.
Read more of Shasha’s story.
This year, we will begin hosting an annual 5K walk or run in Austin’s memory to continue to fund his scholarship. It will always be held on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of his death which is also World Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day. This event will take place at Fidler Pond in Goshen, Indiana where Austin grew up. It’s our hope that we can raise enough money to make this fund perpetual so that it will go on for many years to come.
Saturday September 11, 2021
9AM – 11AM EDT
1424 Lincoln Way East
Goshen, IN 46528