Michael Alvarado of Davenport has been awarded The 2015 Tyler Ledezma Scholarship


Michael Alvarado will be the first in his family to go to college. This senior from Assumption High School, Davenport, worked very hard for the opportunity of a higher education at St. Ambrose University. Alvarado will be studying physical therapy and playing baseball at St. Ambrose. Also, he is the proud recipient of the 2015 Tyler Ledezma Scholarship. 


The Tyler Ledezma scholarship was created to honor the memory of a young man who made mistake that cost him his life. In 2010 Tyler Ledezma of East Moline was driving without a seatbelt and even though he was not driving at a high speed, he lost control of his car and hit a tree. Since he was not wearing a seatbelt he was thrown out of the car and died on the way to the hospital. Tyler Ledezma loved playing baseball. To honor the memory of this young man, whose life was interrupted even before it had really begun, his family awards scholarships, hosts annual baseball tournament and educates everyone about the importance of the use of the seatbelts. 

Michael Alvarado won the Tyler Ledezma scholarship this year. According to his mom, Tory Reyes, this scholarship is very meaningful to him because he can relate. Like Tyler, Michael is in High School, like Tyler, he loves baseball and like Tyler, Michael’s favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs. Tory said that her son expressed that he is very happy and thanks to this scholarship he will be able to play baseball in St. Ambrose University and he wants to do it in the memory of Tyler. Also, to always remember to be safe and as a part of Tyler Ledezma Scholarship, Michael signed a special pledge with his parents committing to always wear his seatbelt.


“We are very honored,” Tory said of her son receiving the Tyler Ledezma Scholarship.

Michael Alvarado is a good young man with a very bright future ahead of him. Thanks to his Tyler Ledezma Scholarship, Alvarado can get his college degree and make his parents even more proud. 

“My husband and I are very proud of him,” Tory said.


Hola America congratulates Michael Alvarado and wishes him many more successes in the future. 

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