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The Ari-Luis Demetrio Cordova Memorial Scholarship is for graduating seniors from the El Paso Independent School District who have dyslexia. Any student with dyslexia may apply but priority will be given to those pursuing careers in Fire Protection and Safety, Arson and Explosion Investigation, and Emergency Medical Care Services. Examples include professional positions as paramedics, firefighters, fire inspectors, fire officers, fire investigators, bombing scene investigators, private security professionals and more.

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Ari-Luis passed away in January of 2023, he was only 34 years old. Ari attended MacArthur Elementary/Middle School. He went on to graduate from Coronado High School where he was a part of the track and field team. Throughout his schooling, Ari struggled with dyslexia and ADHD. Despite this Ari was an avid reader who could be found listening to audiobooks at full speed. Ari thrived in fast-paced environments and loved doing hands-on work.

An experienced rock climber he was a guide at Hueco Tanks State Park before attending Eastern Kentucky University to pursue his dream of being an arson investigator. He was unable to finish his degree due to a lack of funds. Ari didn’t let that stop him—he tried his hand at being a firefighter, an EMT, and a mine rescuer in Carlsbad, NM. Ari loved helping people. Most recently, Ari had spent the last six years staging events all over Alaska. He walked on glaciers, flew in helicopters, and caught halibut as tall as he was. 

Ari lived life on the wild side. The Ari-Luis Demetrio Cordova Memorial Scholarship was established by Ari’s family to honor his adventurous and kind-hearted spirit and inspire those same attributes in those who receive the scholarship.