A graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School in 1985, Christopher Cash left his mark in the school community not only through his excellence in academics and athletics, but also through his good nature and great outlook on life. In 1987, Chris joined the Army where he would begin his seventeen plus years of military service. While in the Army, Chris continued to value the education process and completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. He earned is undergraduate degrees from North Carolina Wesleyan College and East Carolina University and his post graduate degree from East Carolina University, where he was awarded “Alumnus of the Year” for 2004.
When Chris was not on active duty with the United States Army, he worked as an exercise physiologist in North Carolina and enjoyed being a husband and the father of two sons.
On June 24th, 2004, Captain Christopher Scott Cash was killed in action while leading his Infantry Company against insurgents in Baqubah, Iraq. Captain Chris Cash was the Commanding Officer of Co. A, 1st/120th Inf. Reg., 30thHSB, 30th Brigade Combat Team.
The Captain Christopher Scott Cash Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to outstanding students whose character represents that which Captain Cash stood for. The recipients must be athletes who have also shown strength in other important aspects of life. The recipients should be students who have unselfishly given to his/her community, is committed to his/her goals, conducts him/herself among others in an exemplary way, and plans to further his/her education. Our goal is to award three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors from Old Orchard Beach High School and Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. Each applicant is required to write a one or two page essay displaying personal evidence that he or she has similarities to the aforementioned attributes.
Nancy and Robert Kelley decided a fitting tribute to their son would be to
organize an annual 5K Run to benefit their scholarship fund, which was set up in July
2004, shortly after Christopher was killed in combat. Donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly into the Scholarship Fund. It is with great pride to award these deserving students scholarships in memory of our son, Christopher Cash. Since 2005, over $24,500.00 in scholarships have been awarded.