The Dylan Jolly Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Dylan Jolly Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2017. Dylan was on his way home to Menifee to celebrate his 19th birthday when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Dylan would have turned 19 the following morning.
Dylan was an exceptional student. He grew up in the Menifee area and graduated from Paloma Valley High School in 2016. Dylan graduated with honors near the top of his graduating class. At the time of the accident, Dylan was attending UCSD and was leaning towards a major in finance along with international business.
While attending Paloma Valley High School Dylan was a student in Mr. Ryan Lundstrom’s Calculus class. Dylan was not only one of his students, but Mr. Lundstrom became a mentor and friend to Dylan. Dylan loved his teacher and his class and looked forward to going every day. Even after he graduated, they kept in close contact.
After Dylan’s death. we contacted Mr. Lundstrom and asked if he would choose a student to receive the annual scholarship. We created the scholarship in memory of Dylan and wanted to award a student with the same drive and spirit that Dylan had. The recipient needed to be someone deserving, hard-working, and a passionate young adult that reminded us of Dylan.
The Dylan Jolly Memorial Scholarship will be given annually at the Senior Awards Night at Paloma Valley High School, Menifee CA. Mr. Lundstrom will present the award to the deserving scholar of his choice. One hundred percent of the monies raised will go to the scholarship recipient. Any donations can be made through the PayPal account below or mailed directly to First Citizens Bank where an account has been set up.
“To honor you, I get up every day and take a breath, and start another day without you in it.
To honor you, I laugh and love with those who knew your smile, and the way your eyes twinkled with mischief and secret knowledge.
To honor you, I take the time to appreciate everyone I love, I know now there is no guarantee of days or hours spent in their presence.
To honor you, I listen to music you would have liked, and sing at the top of my lungs, with the windows rolled down.
To honor you, I take chances, say what I feel, hold nothing back, risk making a fool of myself, dance every dance.
You were my light, my heart, my gift of love, from the very highest source. So every day, I vow to make a difference, share a smile, live, laugh and love.
Now I live for us both, so all I do, I do to honor you.”
~ Connie F. Kiefer Byrd