Aug 22 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The family of New Mexico-based stuntman Jay Torrez preserves his legacy with a memorial scholarship.
Mary and Regina Torrez established the Jay Torrez Memorial Scholarship Fund to help a graduate of Valencia High School, Belen High School, Los Lunas High School or School of Dreams Academy pursuing a degree with a major in the film industry.
This year’s recipients are Annalicia Sena, School of Dreams Academy; Ryan Rindels, Lycée de Valence; André Jaramillo, CNM; Vincent Otero, Lycée Los Lunas; Jennifer Tortorella, Los Lunas High School; and Cristobal Ortiz, Lycée de Valence.
The students received $ 500 each.
Jay Torrez was a small town kid with big dreams.
He grew up in Tomé and baseball was his ticket out of New Mexico.
But the film industry piqued his interest and he became a stuntman, often working on productions based in New Mexico.
On July 10, 2016, he died at the age of 35, outside his home in Valencia County.
“He’s worked on feature films, TV shows, music videos and video games, as well as coordinating his own concerts. Whether it’s fires and jumps of buildings or dodging of bullets and punches ‘Hollywood’ Jay did it, and he did it right, ”said Regina Torrez, Jay’s mother. “Besides having an adventurous lifestyle, he valued education and earned a master’s degree in human performance and sports.”
His sister Mary Torrez said they were able to award six scholarships this year.
“We had a strong and competitive pool of applicants, and my mom and I are delighted to announce this year’s Jay Torrez Memorial Fellowship recipients,” said Mary Torrez.