The Kapicka's Story

Paying it forward for future generations

Roy Kapicka '66 and his wife Chris have dedicated their lives to education. Roy has a master's degree from Florida State and taught math for 35 years at Boise High School, and another five at the C of I. Chris earned her bachelor's degree at Boise State, her master's at Washington State, and her doctorate at Nevada-Reno, then taught science and nursing for nearly 30 years at West Junior High in Boise, Boise High and Northwest Nazarene.

In 2008, the Kapickas took their dedication to another level by giving The College $25,000 to establish the Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund. Their scholarship is awarded annually to junior and senior students studying mathematics, mathematics education, computer science or physics. This past year, the couple made another, exceptionally generous commitment, pledging 10 percent of their estate to The College of Idaho. That pledge - which at present is worth more than $800,000 - will directly benefit C of I students in perpetuity.  "I just have a love for this school," Roy said. "I owe something back. Somebody built this school so I could go here. Somebody helped me, so now it's my turn to pay it forward and help future generations."

Scholarships at The College of Idaho are the centerpiece of Advance The Legacy, and they are as diverse as our student body. They recognize and strengthen the high academic achievement, leadership skills and community involvement of our students both on and off campus, preparing them for lifelong success and fulfillment.

Watch the video below to hear the Kapickas discuss their support for The College of Idaho.