The Seth J. Winter Memorial Foundation provides scholarships for young adults recovering from substance use disorders (either drugs or alcohol), intended to be used towards furthering oneself in a positive educational direction.
The scholarship fund is in memory and honor of Seth J. Winter, beloved son, brother, cousin, grandson, and friend to many. Seth was born on June 29, 1999 and died on April 29, 2020 after an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He suffered as a teenager from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse issues for several years. He had signed up for an electrician program and would have begun in June 2020, but unfortunately never got the opportunity to attend the program.
Seth was 20 years old, full of desire to help others feel accepted and loved: playing and watching football, skate boarding, riding dirt bikes, listening to music, being with friends, laughing at silly pranks, engaging in lively debates, and swimming in the ocean for hours. He had a large presence at 6 foot 3, a mischievous smile, a loud laugh that could light up a room, and gave the best bear hugs.
"What a kind and gentle young man! He exhibited such compassion in our time of grief following the loss of my son and his close friend, Alex, visiting me routinely and bringing me flowers or some other gift. He was always offering to help with anything, and he was so generous with his heart. We shared memories and discussed life and the hereafter, and he shared his plans for the next steps in his life. In spite of his sadness and struggles, he was optimistic about his future.
Dear Seth, you are sorely missed."
"From the moment I was asked to be your godfather, I knew you would be someone special.
Your time here may have been brief but my memories of you will always be a blessing. "
"I cherish the moments and laughs we had. Your charisma and love will forever be unmatched. You may be gone from my sight but you are never gone from my heart."
"Seth was a beautiful, loving, sensitive young man. He lit up my home with his infectious laughter, never-fail sense of humor, and boundless energy. Even when I asked too many *motherly* questions, Seth was forever patient and respectful. He bought food and supplies for the house. He offered to cook. He even tried yoga, indulging me when I suggested he practice. Seth was deservedly loved by many people, and I feel grateful that I was just one of those who got to have him in their lives."