Lucas Irons Memorial Scholarship Fund“To support the next Lucas in finding a powerful and positive voice in his or her wild and precious Life.”
Lucas Foster Irons was a student at Green Fields in the early 2000’s. His years at Green Fields, and in Tucson, were often accompanied by life in the wilderness. Most notably when Lucas was 6 years old, he and his family embarked on a rigorous journey to spend 14 months living off the land in the remote Alaskan Brooks range. This adventure was documented and recorded by Lucas’ parents, Jean Aspen and Tom Irons. Jean’s book, Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream, is accompanied by a documentary of the same name which shows their daily life during those 14 months in the wild. Their film has aired on PBS stations across the United States. Lucas and his family continued to return to the Alaskan Books range and the cabin they built by hand for many years afterwards in addition to many other travels around the world. Both Jean and Tom were also stained glass artists here in Tucson. Their stained glass can been seen at the entrance to our Green Fields Dowling Library. Lucas received his Nursing degree from the University of Arizona and worked as a nurse for many years. Tragically, Lucas passed away unexpectedly one month shy of his 26th birthday. Lucas’ parents set up a scholarship fund in his honor.
Here at Green Fields we remember Lucas through his love for adventure. The purpose of the Lucas Irons Memorial Scholarship Fund is to help a student embark on their own adventure that they otherwise might not be able to afford. Each year, a scholarship is awarded to a Green Fields student to explore new and exciting experiences during our Interim program. It is solely funded through donations and 100% of the funds are awarded as scholarships to students. Since the scholarship’s inception, it has helped students create their own adventurous memories whether it was through learning to create digital music or a student exchange in Italy. Through travel and new experiences, students gain a new appreciation and curiosity for the world around them and their place in it.
To learn more about Jean Aspen and her work, please visit https://www.jeanaspen.com/. The Arctic Son Tribute to Lucas Irons can be viewed here. Thank you for your support of this special scholarship.