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Dr. Underwood makes the announcement of the scholarship being named in Scott Holtz's memory.

Kaskaskia College Remembers Scott Holst In Memorial Service

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The late director of the TRIO program at Kaskaskia College will be remembered with a scholarship being established in his name and a tree planted in his honor.  

The College held a memorial service for Scott Holst of Salem where his assistance to students was remembered.   One of the students speaking was Angela Berry, who returned to school at the age of 47. "Part of the reason I'm graduating this July, it came to a point that I was going to have to put school on hold because of needing to go back to work.  Because of Scott, I am a student worker for the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services now," said Berry.  

Berry said her story is similar to others enrolled in TRIO.  "He looked at me and said 'just be you, you've got this'.  That was the way Scott felt about all of his TRIO students," said Berry.  "He believed in us, he gave us the confidence to go out there and meet all of the challenges."

College President Dr. Jim Underwood felt it was fitting to make a scholarship available under Holst's name.  "This fund will be for students qualifying for the TRIO program and individuals who are first generation college going students from a family.  We think it will fit into Scott's beliefs and it will be a memorial to him.  We're very proud to establish that at KC," said Underwood. "We've raised several thousand dollars so far, and our goal is to raise $10,000 for this fund." 

College Board Chair Bill Hawley announced the tree would be planted in Holst's honor.  

Holst joined KC as the Director of the Trio Student Support Program on October 25, 2010.  The Memorial Program notes he was the first director and began his leadership as a one-person office and worked hard to successfully implement the program as other staff were hired.  Holst collaborated with other departments so that it could eventually be expanded to faculty and staff mentors. 

Holst was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. 50 east of Carlyle in January.  He was also the assistant girls basketball coach at Salem Community High School.  

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