Teen Hero and loyal Holy Cross Knight
Aaron was born on December 18, 1976, and would have turned 47 years old this December. Although he passed away 30 years ago, his memory lives on. Aaron grew up in a single-parent household after losing his father at the age of three. Despite this, he took on the role of a leader in his home as he matured. At a young age, Aaron discovered his faith in Christ and learned about the goodness and love of God.
Before his freshman year at Holy Cross, Aaron attended Lakeview Baptist School and Longfellow Middle School. One Friday morning at Longfellow MS, Aaron's mother requested that he wear his dress shoes at least once since they would not fit him much longer. However, when Aaron returned home, he was wearing an old pair of boots. When his mother inquired about the dress shoes, Aaron explained that he had lent them to a classmate who needed them for a quince that weekend. This act of kindness is characteristic of Aaron's generous nature. Aaron's kindness was evident when he volunteered for the "Habitat for Humanity" project, where everyone spoke highly of his eagerness to help.
During Aaron's seventeenth birthday celebration with his fellow Knights, he made a life-changing decision. That night, on his way home, Aaron chose to help a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road. Sadly, chaos on the road ensued, and Aaron was fatally struck while attempting to assist. His selfless act earned him the title of a true Good Samaritan.
Although Aaron aspired to become a US Marine and fight for his country, his life was cut short. His spirit of kindness and generosity continues to inspire others.
To be eligible for the Aaron Rodriguez Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:
- A current senior (class of 2024) at Holy Cross of San Antonio, having attended the school since their freshman year.
- Exemplify the values outlined in the Holy Cross code in their everyday life.
- Demonstrate a passion for helping others through community service or education.
- Scholarship candidates should create and submit a five to six-minute video using the TikTok application explaining why they deserve the scholarship.
The scholarship, in honor of Aaron Rodriguez, a beloved member of the Class of 1995, is a testament to his values of hope, community service, and selflessness. The total amount of the scholarship is $1,800.00 in the form of tuition towards their senior year at Holy Cross of San Antonio.
All applications must be submitted to Dr. Escobedo (Principal) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th.