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C of I professor establishes local scholarship

2010. 10. 22.

College of Idaho math professor Mark Lotspeich and his wife, Pam, recently made a personal addition to the College, committing $10,000 to establish the Mark and Pam Lotspeich Scholarship Fund. Distributions from the endowment will provide annual scholarships to a freshman student with demonstrable financial need who attended Cynthia Mann Elementary School in Boise. If no such student is available, the award will go to a freshman who graduated from Boise High School. The scholarship can be renewed for four years with the maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average.

“It's important to ensure the future existence of the College,” Lotspeich said. “Normally, I wouldn't go public with this type of donation, but I want to encourage others, especially our faculty and staff, to donate to the College.”

The Lotspeich family chose Cynthia Mann Elementary because their son attends school there. Most Cynthia Mann students eventually attend Boise High. Lotspeich added that Boise High has sent many special people to C of I, including current student body president Colleen Smith and former teacher Roy Kapicka, who established a $25,000 scholarship fund in 2008 and earlier this year pledged 10 percent of his estate to the College.

During the 2009 fiscal year, 60 percent (43 of 71) of the College's full-time faculty members made gifts to the college. So far in 2010, the number is at 41 percent, though the fiscal year is only three months old. Boone Fund coordinator Tara Wensel says it is essential for the faculty giving percentage to get closer to 100.

“We know we have amazing professors who believe in the mission of the College and in our students,” Wensel said. “And we need to show this to people outside the College. Whether it's prospective students and their families or large corporations that are considering us for grants, others want to know that they are supporting something that's already being supported from within. By increasing our faculty giving percentage, we are able to prove just that.”

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