SAN LUIS, Ariz. – Tuesday evening at San Luis High School’s senior awards night Angelica Manriquez, a senior at SLHS, received a $2,000 scholarship. This was different than most scholarships, it was called “A Life to the Max”. It is presented in honor of the late Max Mandoza-Delaherran Jr.. Max was a Yuma native, he traveled to Brazil last June during the world cup. He was hiking near Rio De Janeiro and fell and hit his head sadly he did not survive his injuries. He was only 25 years old and an Arizona State University graduate. His family describes him as being a very passionate and enthusiastic person that everyone he came in contact with would love him.
Angelica Manriquez says she is very honored to receive the scholarship and that she’s heard so many great things about the kind of person Max was. Getting the award wasn’t easy, she had to have at least a 3.0 GPA, an acceptance letter from a college or university and had to submit a 3-5 minute video. She is the first recipient of this scholarship which the family says will be an annual award.