David Richard Ramirez died at the age of 28. At the time, he had been fighting mixed connective tissue disorder for seven years. The disease cut short both his college soccer career and his days at Fresno Pacific before it eventually took his life. What the disease couldn't do was diminish his dreams, faith or love.
His life essentially was beginning when it ended. He hadn't accomplished the dreams of becoming an epidemiologist, college graduate or even a homeowner. But for those who knew him, David lived a life not encumbered by what he couldn't do; he lived his life based on what he could do. He was a member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. He refereed club, high school, college and even professional soccer every chance he got and when his health permitted. He coached JV high school soccer. He continued toward his degree in health science.
He would say that the illness brought into focus the things that were really important. His family and friends took first priority in his life. With his strong faith, he believed his immortality was not dependent on his ability to procreate but rather how he lived and was remembered by those he loved and those who loved him.
This scholarship is to honor the memory of the quiet courage and strength of character of our friend and family member. David lived with purpose. He thanked God for the time he had been given and attempted to make the most of it. He made us laugh. He made us think. He let each of us know we were important.
- Preference given to students on the following basis: Fresno Pacific University soccer team member; Major in the health sciences; Major in the social sciences.
- Exhibited academic ability in previous studies
- Student athletes must meet NCAA Division II Regulations for scholarships;
- Evidence of Christian commitment to the Lordship of Christ in their life;
- Personal character reflects the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University;
- Available to undergraduate students through their 5th year of study.
Essay not required.