Valdosta State Announces New Scholarship
The Office of Greek Life at Valdosta State University has announced the establishment of the Kevin Klepper Greek Leadership Award to recognize an outstanding student in the VSU Greek community. The scholarship is named in honor of VSU alumnus Kevin Klepper (Delta Rho–Valdosta State ’95), who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2007.
The Kevin Klepper Greek Leadership Award and Scholarship will be awarded in April 2019 to a rising senior who is active in VSU’s Greek community. Members of the Greek community with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. The scholarship recipient will receive a total of $1,500 in the form of $750 for the spring semester and $750 for the fall semester.
Following Klepper’s MS diagnosis, his Delta Rho brothers organized a golf tournament in 2008, called “Scrambling Fore the Cause,” to raise awareness for MS and benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The annual golf tournament, held on St. Simons Island, has now raised more than $100,000. The VSU Alumni Association then established the scholarship award after being inspired by alumni support for the golf tournament. The tournament now attracts a couple hundred VSU alumni each year, and serves to jointly fundraise for both the scholarship and MS research.
Klepper, now living in South Carolina, told ValdostaToday.com he hopes the scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden placed on a student’s shoulders. “I really hope this scholarship allows someone to go to college and not worry about needing a full-time job at the same time,” he said.
Students interested in applying for this scholarship should visit the VSU Office of Greek Life in VSU Student Union Room 2102 or call (229) 333-5674 to learn more or to pick up a scholarship application. The deadline to submit all application materials to the Office of Greek Life is April 1, 2019.