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Physical Education Matching Scholarship
Jill and Steve Cholewa have not only given an extraordinary gift, but want to help you do something extraordinary also! After much thought, they created an endowment to the Department of Kinesology and Public Health Education (KPHE, formerly Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness) for physical education student scholarships! As evident by their continued commitment to the importance of physical education, they will be matching additional endowed gifts made by other donors, up to $250,000!
The match will be dollar to dollar, for any gifts given to the Jill and Steve Cholewa Physical Education Endowment. For example, a gift of $100 will turn into a gift of $200. A gift of $1,000 will turn into a gift of $2,000 and a gift of $5,000 will turn into a gift of $10,000!!! Imagine the difference this will make for our students.
Currently, KPHE is able to offer only two scholarships totaling $3,000: the Julia Keegan Scholarship and the Len and Ceil Marti Scholarship. More than 130 eligible undergraduate and graduate majors compete for these awards each year.
"We have had such an incredible life, " said Jill a 1977 graduate with a bachelor's degree in physical education. "We wanted to help students who are struggling. We want to be examples to them of what their lives can be like, and we want to help encourage them in their studies and future goals."
Jill says her motivation for giving is to spread her passion for giving back and inspire others to do the same. But she stresses that giving back isn't limited to financial gifts.
"We hope the people who receive our scholarships will in turn assist others in whatever manner they are able, whether through tutoring and mentoring, community service or even helping to fund additional scholarships," she said. "There's so much more you have to give — encouragement or even a smile."
"There is nothing more satisfying than helping others celebrate their dreams and realize their potential," she says. "Making a difference in someone's life is priceless."