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Retired teachers build a legacy of education, giving at The College of Idaho

2010. 08. 24.

College of Idaho alumnus Roy Kapicka and his wife, Chris, have dedicated most of their lives to education. Roy, a 1966 C of I graduate with a master's degree from Florida State, taught math for 35 years at Boise High School and five more at C of I. Chris earned degrees from Boise State (bachelor's), Washington State (master's) and Nevada-Reno (doctorate) and then taught science and nursing in the Treasure Valley for nearly 30 years at West Junior High, Boise High and Northwest Nazarene University.

This year, the couple continued their lifelong support of learning with a generous donation that will benefit C of I students for years to come. The Kapickas, who gave $25,000 to establish the “Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund” in 2008, now have pledged 10 percent of their estate to the College.

“I just have a love for this school,” Roy Kapicka 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 the future generations.”

The Kapickas' scholarship is awarded to junior and senior students studying math education, mathematics, computer science or physics. The Kapickas' future pledge – which today is worth approximately $800,000 – will be added to the endowed “Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund.”

“Roy and Chris Kapicka are living out their strong commitment to education,” said Barry Fujishin, director of development at C of I. “Although they are no longer in the classroom themselves, the Kapickas have ensured a lasting educational legacy through this gift.”

The Kapickas also fund the “Roy and Chris Kapicka Health and Science Scholarship” at NNU, where Chris still teaches some courses. That scholarship is awarded to single-parent science and nursing students.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit