Lieutenant Colonel Thomas U. Wall
Established Thomas U. Wall trust in 1992. For students who are a U.S. military veteran (or child or grandchild of a U.S. Military veteran) pursuing science, business or law enforcement at Irvine Valley College, have financial need, and a high school or college 2.5 or higher G.P.A.
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Lt. Col. Thomas U. Wall
Tom Wall was a 20-year U.S. Marine veteran with over 1,000 combat missions flown in Vietnam. In February 2006 Tom was given the first Irvine Valley College honorary degree. At that time IVC and ICC honored him for his distinguished service as a Marine Corp aviator and tactical helicopter commander, for his service as a law enforcement officer and as a respected community and business leader.
His peers and members of the community recognized Tom for his accomplishments as a college professor, as a president and spokesperson for numerous professional and non-profit organizations including ICC, IVC Foundation and professional associations. After proudly serving our country he had a successful career in real estate, business consulting and e-commerce. One of the many programs he began was the Irvine Teacher of the Year. He served as the organizer and M.C. of that program.
Always looking for adventure he enrolled as the oldest person in the LA Sheriff’s academy, graduating 1st in his class. Tom became a Laguna Beach Reserve Police Department and was recognized as the Orange County Reserve Rookie Police Officer of the year in 1998. He was the 2005 Laguna Beach Police Officer of the Year. Tom at the time of his passing on June 20, 2006 was an Irvine resident. He was a born leader, fighter and inspiration to all who knew him and many that had never met him. He was the ultimate volunteer.
The scholarship program outlined below requires applicants to meet specific student criteria
U.S. military veteran, child or grandchild of a U.S. Military veteran (documentation)
Pursuing a career path in Science, Business or Law Enforcement at Irvine Valley College
Demonstrated financial need
High School or college 2.5 or higher G.P.A.
Scholarships & Education Funds
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Irvine Forward Foundation Community Scholarship
Established in 2022, this scholarship recognizes graduating high school seniors who are taking the lead by service to the Irvine community.
John Colvin Memorial Scholarship
Established after the untimely passing of active Greater Irvine Chamber member John Colvin in 2014. For students enrolled in a four-year degree program at an accredited university or college in Southern California with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a commitment to a fitness lifestyle and contributing to the health and economic vitality of Irvine and California.