Evelyn Furtsch was a Tustin Union High School graduate in
1931. She had been an exceptionally fast runner in
her gym class. She qualified to train and run with the boys'
track team because there wasn't a girls' track team
at the school. Following graduation, Evelyn was chosen to
compete in the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She
and her teammates won the Gold Medal in the 4 x 100 meter
relay, breaking both the Olympic
and the world record in doing so.
she turned 100 on April 17 of 2014, she became the first female
Olympian to live for a century.
She passed away on March 5, 2015.
her honor, Tustin Area Historical Society has established
the Evelyn Furtsch Track & Field Scholarship
consisting of $500 to be awarded to one girl and $500 to be
awarded to one boy who are Tustin High School graduating seniors
planning to attend a two- or four- year college or university,
or a vocational school,
in the fall of 2017.
To qualify for this scholarship, the student applicant must:
1. Be a full-time graduating senior at Tustin High School.
2. Have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
3. Be currently in good standing on a varsity track & field
4. Attend a two- or four-year college or university, or a
vocational school, in the fall.
Further, the qualified student is to write a 500-word essay
which includes two topics:
1. His/her reason for applying for this scholarship.
2. His/her future goals.
See attached application form.
Check with the school counselor for formal Applications and
essay due dates.
Tustin Area Historical Society
Scholarship Committee Chair and founder.