The Manuel “Fresh” Span OPEN HEART Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Manuel “Fresh” Span who passed away in 2017. Manuel's family and KYDS established this scholarship to commemorate all of the unconditional love, passion and hope Manuel had for the students of Asbury Park High School during his time as a Behavioral Specialist in the school district. 

Known to many as Manny "Fresh", he had an unwavering passion for every student he worked with. His contagious laugh and kind spirit is embodied in the very essence of the friendship he had with KYDS founder Rodney Salamon as they worked together closely in Asbury Park High School.

Through Manny's commitment to his students the goal of this scholarship is to promote the mission of KYDS by showing youth the importance of living a BALANCED life in MIND, BODY and SPIRIT. This balance is the key to success in every facet of life and in any field they desire to pursue. With good health, a strong mind, and a nurtured soul, one can overcome any obstacle and THRIVE!


This year four scholarships totaling $2,500.00 will be awarded to four Asbury Park and Neptune High School students graduating in June 2021 who are accepted to and attending a college, university or trade school to assist with costs in attending.

Deadline May 21, 2021

To be considered for the scholarship:

  • Complete Scholarship Application

  • Register and Attend the KYDS Wellness Workshop 

    • Scholarship workshop - June 2nd 

    • Scholarship presentation - June 12th 

    • Scholarship Winner Presentation - TBD


Rewarded Scholarship Amounts include:

1st Place Winner: $1,111
2nd Place Winner: $777
3rd Place winner: $444

4th Place Winner: $222


Questions? Email

Deadline May 21, 2021


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The Manuel "Fresh" Spann


603 Mattison Ave.

Suite # 318

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Mailing / Donation Address:
5 Hillview Drive
Neptune, NJ 07753

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