The Ted S. Lopez Memorial Scholarship was endowed through the University of New Mexico Foundation in June of 2017 in honor of Ted Lopez, US Navy Veteran, and UNM alumnus. This was established by Ted’s daughter, wife, & sons, with the help of generous friends/family/donors.
Three members of the veteran University of New Mexico community were able to receive financial support during the first academic year of 2017-2018 from the scholarship! Two of the three recipients graduated from UNM in May of 2018!
The “Tee Off For Ted” Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual event held to amplify the level of assistance the scholarship may provide from year-to-year. Francis Valencia and his wife joined the Lopez family at the 2018 Tee Off For Ted Memorial Golf Tournament Luncheon:
In partnership with the Veterans Resource Center, the scholarship accepts donations year-round.
~ABOUT TED S. LOPEZ~
~IN THE NAVY~
Ted was always an avid Lobos fan. From being a season-ticket holder to visits to “The Pit,” he had the Lobo spirit!
He also was a life learner, always seeking opportunities to enrich himself. Thus, at the age of 62, he pursued a master’s degree, ultimately earning his Executive MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management in October of 2013. The knowledge and friendships he made during those two years were something he deeply cherished. Ted always told his children that one of the best decisions he ever made was going back to school, enriching himself, and getting his master’s degree. He was always loyal to the Lobos, but finally became one!
WATCH VIDEO OF TED RECEIVING HIS MBA FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO:
Upon graduation in October of 2013, he became the Director of the Small Business Development Center at UNM-Los Alamos. He consulted with New Mexico business clients in strategic planning, marketing, program management, sales, customer service, and more, to start and grow their small businesses.
He was an avid note-taker at meetings and conferences and was genuinely interested in learning how to assist his clients. Colleagues will remember him for his kindness, expertise, humility, and how he truly gave his best everyday. Ted loved his job from his first day, through the rest of his life.
Ted treasured his family, enjoyed the outdoors, appreciated a variety of music, and loved traveling. He was an authentically good, intelligent, and generous man. He cared about those around him and always put others’ needs well above his own. He was the first to bring positivity to one’s day and was incredible at investing in the lives of those around him, while always remembering that it’s the little things in life and the relationships we have that truly make a difference. He treated evevery days a gift. His strength, courage, sense of gratitude, faith, and love of God are an inspiration to all who knew him.
~Theodore S. Lopez | November 9th, 1949 – June 15th, 2016~