The purpose of the Armando S. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship is to honor Bishop Ireton alumnus Armando S. Rodriguez (BI ’88). Armando was an accomplished student and wrestler who tackled those pursuits with passion, energy and an infectious smile. More importantly, he was a man of great faith and a loving and devoted son, brother, grandson and friend during his years at Bishop Ireton.
Armando was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he moved to Colorado for college and remained there. Following a successful 20-year telecommunications career, he became a middle school teacher and a youth wrestling and football coach. He followed his passion and influenced the lives of thousands of young people in the community he was so proud to call home. Despite the time and energy he gave to his school students and athletes, he saved his best for his loving wife and amazing son. They were his greatest joy, and he was everything to them.
This scholarship is provided through the generosity of Armando’s family, former classmates and teammates, and his many friends to recognize the qualities that enabled Armando to be a success in life – hard work, self-sacrifice, and dedication; a deep love for, and loyalty to, family and friends; an awareness of, and appreciation for, who he was and where he came from; an unwavering faith – all done with a spirit of joy and a smile on his face.
The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 for one eligible student. It is open to incoming freshmen and current Ireton students.