New sports scholarship in honor of Martine Luna


Martine wrestled for MHS for 4 years

Kylie Lange, Not Editor

The Martine J. Luna Memorial Athletic Scholarship is a new scholarship offered to any middle and high school students in the REJ1 school district wishing to participate in sports, but are financially unable to compete or need assistance. While most scholarships give money only for post-high school education, this is different because it is intended for students to use while in middle or high school, and to pay sports fees and/or provide sports equipment. 

The scholarship is funded by the annual Martine Luna Golf Tournament hosted by the memorial scholarship and by private donation. An equal amount of money will be awarded to applicants based on financial need and availability. 

Martine Luna was a 2018 Montrose High School graduate who found his life’s passion through participation in sports and mentoring troubled youth before he tragically ended his own life on June 14, 2019. Martine started playing sports from the age of six, and he participated in Avalanche Soccer, wrestled, and played lacrosse for MHS. After graduation, he turned is love of sports into a profession  and because certified as a level 1 Crossfit trainer. 

The fund is accessible to middle and high school students who wish to participate in a club or school sport but need assistance with funds, as well as assistance with equipment. Students also wishing to participate in school clubs and activities may also receive this fund.  It is also available to college bound athletes attending on a sports scholarship. 

Steve’s Club at CrossFit Agoge will be awarded 34% of contributions. The club is a non-profit organization benefiting troubled youth at Gateway Residential Community through peer counseling and physical activity. 

“I don’t think it can be stressed enough to help our child find their passion through sports and activities,” Martine’s grandmother, Cathie Martinez said. “It is so important to build an environment where youth can feel good and learn teamwork but also excel at something.” 

Applications for the scholarship can be found in the activities office at Montrose High School. The annual golf tournament will be held this year on September 25 at Cobble Creek and every student at MHS is highly encouraged to be present to show their support for Martine Luna.