John Colvin Memorial Scholarship


John Colvin

Memorial Scholarship

The Greater Irvine Chamber, in coordination with the Colvin family, established the John Colvin Memorial Scholarship in honor of John Greg Colvin. Colvin was a long-time resident of Orange County, an active Chamber member, and chair of the Business Attraction & Retention Committee. He died in 2014 while training for an Ironman Triathlon. This year, the Chamber will award scholarships to selected students who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a four-year degree program at an accredited university or college in one of the listed Southern California counties. This scholarship does not go directly to the school but rather is to be used at the students’ discretion to assist with their college expenses.


is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X

Student Criteria

The scholarship program outlined below requires applicants to meet specific student criteria


Must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited college or university in one of the listed Southern California counties mentioned below.


Must be engaged in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree.


Must present documentation of involvement in organized health, fitness, or organized sports that demonstrate a commitment to a fitness lifestyle, i.e., cycling, swimming, jogging, running, aerobics.


Must have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.


Must be a California resident with the objective of contributing to the health and economic vitality of Irvine and Southern California in the future.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated by measuring criteria using the following scale:

Academic achievement

Financial need associated with pursuit of degree
(how the student intends to fund college)

Demonstrated commitment to fitness, healthy lifestyle, and competitive spirit

Community service, volunteer activities

Evidence of commitment to chosen field

Internships related to chosen field


Application Process

Fill-out and submit the following form on the same page while considering the following:


Attach a brief summary of current scholastic status, career and life goals, and aspirations.


Include high school or college transcript.


Include three letters of recommendation: one teacher or professor acquainted with your academic work; one from an adult acquainted with your fitness, healthy lifestyle activities; and one from an adult associated with your community service and activities.


Include an essay of no more than 1,000 words defining the reasons why you are qualified to be awarded the John Colvin Memorial Scholarship, understanding that Mr. Colvin had a love of fitness, a commitment to his community, and a deep love of his family.

Application Form

Applications accepted through April 15, at 5:00 PM

Scholarships & Education Funds

The Irvine Forward Foundation provides three different scholarships to support the educational pursuits of students in the community.

Irvine Forward Foundation STEAM Scholarship

Irvine Forward Foundation Community Scholarship

John Colvin Memorial Scholarship

Lieutenant Thomas Wall Memorial Scholarship