Memorial scholarships are provided by families and friends who have lost a loved one with intention to honor their life and memory. Memorial scholarships provide financial support to students who are committed to furthering their education, and who have been selected to receive a HOPE scholarship by going through the application process.

1986 - 2016

Jorge Serrano, was born March 29, 1986 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. He lived in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico until age 14. The family moved to Aurora, Colorado where he completed his education.  Jorge met Evaline Hernandez in Ft. Lupton and they were married on November 15, 2008.  After their marriage, they lived in Greeley, Colorado. Jorge was employed by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center for the past 5 years, and was promoted into management at the Distribution Center.

Jorge was always looking to learn and improve himself. He knew the value of education. Jorge had recently finished an 8 week leadership course where he adopted the saying, "One person with conviction can overwhelm hundreds with only opinions." Jorge was definitely a man of conviction. It showed in his work, in his commitment to Evaline, his family, and the Hernandez family as well.

On February 1st 2016, Jorge's life came to a tragic end. He was on the way to the hospital for the birth of his second son and was killed in a car accident. When this agony passes, when the thoughts of him will elicit smiles instead of tears, we will all remember his humor, his smile and his laugh. We'll remember his courage, his strength, and his vitality. We'll all remember the deep and abiding love he had for his family. These were the pieces of the genuine Jorge Serrano – the pieces he showed us every day and the pieces we miss every day.

(Evaline resides in Greeley, Colorado with their two sons Cayden and Kaleb. She continues to amaze those around her with her personal strength and courage. The proceeds of this scholarship were contributed in Jorge's honor by the management team at the Cheyenne Walmart Distribution Center.)


1913 - 1995


Martin Eduardo Esquibel was born on May 1, 1913 in Mora, New Mexico to Martin Esquibel and Rayitos de Hilder. His parents died when he was quiet young. Early years were spent in an orphanage and he was on his own in his early teens.

On January 28, 1935 he married Gertrude Garcia and informally adopted her four younger sisters and two younger brothers as his soon to be wife had been forced into assuming the role of mother with the early death of the senior Mrs. Garcia.

Soon thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Esquibel began their family which eventually produced five boys and four girls. One of the boys, Paul, died at an early age in the early 1940's.

Martin’s work history was varied. He worked in the beet fields. He was a sheepherder, railroader, truck driver, warehouseman, construction worker on the missile sites and other similarly related jobs. Toward the end of his life he was trying to learn how to operate a computer.

Governor Ed Herschler proclaimed September 5, 1980 MARTIN ESQUIBEL DAY for his dedicated work to ensure that Wyoming citizens are informed of the opportunities and responsibilities of participation in the election process at all levels of government.

His greatest joys, other than his family and dancing, were working the land, working with animals and working with people - all people, a very good and rewarding combination. His greatest thrills, on the other hand were receiving his GED at the age of fifty-four, being selected to attend the National Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C.; being selected as a delegate on two occasions to attend the National Democratic Convention, the first time in New York and the second time in Atlanta; and being nominated by the Green Thumb Program to be Honorary Governor for the day, so proclaimed by then Governor Mike Sullivan.

Martin believed that education was the key to a better life. He encouraged his children and all Hispanics in their pursuit of higher education.

Martin Eduardo Esquibel was a poor man, but rich in spirit. With a generous heart and boundless energy he dedicated his life to family, friends, the community of Cheyenne and the State of Wyoming. In 1996 a street was renamed in his honor.


1967 - 1993


Trisha Ann Montoya Redman was a 1985 graduate of Seton Catholic High School. Trisha was an honor student and lettered in three sports, basketball, volleyball and cheerleader. She had an associates degree from Laramie County Community College and planned to continue her education to become a lawyer.

Trisha was proud of her Hispanic heritage and in 1993 presented a SOMOS/HOPE scholarship on behalf of EDS (Electronic Data Systems).

She was a beautiful young woman with a passion for life. Trisha touched many lives during her all too short 26 years. She was a loving, caring person and is remembered for her sparkling eyes and contagious smile which enchanted everyone who came in contact with her.

Trisha was killed in a tragic car accident on August 20, 1993. At the time of her death, she was a manager with EDS. She was married to Robert Redman, a teacher at McCormick Junior High School and head girls’ basketball coach at East High School. Their children are Shane and Tayler.

1965 - 1978

Steve was born on June 23, 1965 to Robert and Loretta Lucero. The eldest of three children, he had two sisters, Bridgette and Carri. He attended Hebard and Goins Elementary Schools and Johnson Junior High School.

Steve was an exemplary student, excelling both academically and athletically. He tried out for every sport that came along, but was most active in baseball, cross-country running and wrestling. Although he made All American for Cross Country, his real love was wrestling. For over eighteen years, Johnson Junior High School has honored a student as “Outstanding Seventh Grade Wrestler” in memory of Steve.

Given Steve’s accomplishments, some may think that he lived a long life. Needless to say, Steve did have a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity to achieve his goals as most boys do. Steve fell while rock climbing at Vedauwoo. Losing our son, our brother and our friend was the worst tragedy of our lives.

Steve was outgoing, fun loving and is fondly remembered by all who knew him. His smile and his laughter remain vividly alive in our hearts and memory. Not a day goes by that he is not missed by someone who knew and loved him. There is no doubt that Steve would have accomplished anything and everything he put his mind to, and did so during his short life of thirteen years.

By giving this scholarship, we, as Steve’s family believe this will give someone the opportunity to fulfill his or her goals, hopes and dreams in a way that he was unable to.

1973 - 1996

Richard was born on February 22, 1973 to James Montoya and Victoria Perez-Montoya. He was the eldest of four children. He had three sisters; Christina, Laura, and Gina. Richard was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Colorado at the age of one. He attended a local parochial school and received academic honors for his achievements in English and Math. Throughout his formative years he was active in swimming, soccer, football, basketball, softball, and snow skiing. As a high school student, Richard was on the honor roll every semester and also received a perfect attendance award.

Richard lived life to the fullest. He loved being around people. He had an infectious smile that always made you feel that you were with a friend. He is fondly remembered and missed by all who know him.

Richard was a junior at Metropolitan State college in Denver. He was majoring in Accounting. Richard was unable to reach his goal because he was killed in a tragic pick-up accident on February 22, 1996. Richard was on his way to Lake Tahoe for a ski trip.

Richard’s mother Victoria Perez-Montoya attended Cheyenne elementary schools and graduated from East High School. Richard’s parents graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972. 

1987 - 1996

Katherine was a very special girl who loved to play with all of her friends and cousins.

Every time you think of Katherine, you see her big brown beautiful angel eyes. You could tell if Katherine was happy, sad or scared just by the look in her eyes. During her illness, when you looked into her eyes, you could feel the happiness in her heart or the sorrow of her pain.

At first, Katherine had a hard time reading in school, but with the help of the teachers at Goins and other students, she learned to read very well. In fact so well that she helped other students to read.

During her illness, some of the students would stay in during recess to practice reading. After school, they would go to Katherine’s home and read books to her. She always had lots of friends and family at her home visiting her. Visiting Katherine everyday during her illness, it still feels as through we didn’t have enough time with her.

She was a wonderful child with such a big heart and a great sense of humor.

As members of Katherine’s family, we think of people such as “Maygon and Katherine,” “Josey and the girls” or “Kath and Ashley”, and it is very hard to think of one without the other. Most of the time you couldn’t separate any of them.

Katherine will always be in our hearts. When we start to miss her, all we have to do is look at her twin brothers who have the same beautiful angel eyes.

During Katherine’s short life, she taught us life is too short to waste and she gave us all strength and courage to realize we all have a purpose in life and dreams do come true. Katherine’s wish was to meet Garth Brooks. She met him on July 1996. (Garth Brooks spent a couple of hours with Katherine while in Cheyenne for Cheyenne Frontier Days. He then flew Katherine and her family to Portland, Oregon as his guests at a concert, where they say they received the royal treatment).

Katherine’s memory will always be dear to us.

The Katherine Romero Memorial Scholarship is funded by her parents, Ed and Josie.

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