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Meghan Hukowicz Zoll ’00 Endowed Scholarship

PresentationOn Sunday, April 17, 2016, the Meghan Hukowicz Zoll ’00 Endowed Scholarship was established at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. This scholarship was announced during the college’s 2016 Donor Scholar Reception where Linda Kenny (President) and Dr. Betty Hukowicz (Meghan’s Mom and Board Member) of Meghan’s Light were recognized by college President, Sr. Mary Reap.

The Meghan Hukowicz Zoll Endowed Scholarship was established to honor Meghan Hukowicz Zoll, a 2000 graduate of Elms College. Meghan lovingly inspired family and friends with her courage, strength, and determination in her day-to-day battle against Cystic Fibrosis for 39 years. Devastated by her loss, friends and family gathered a few months after her passing and created Meghan’s Light, Inc. whose mission is to support finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and to inspire hope and courage in patients, families and communities impacted by the disease.

Throughout her life, Meghan had a deep passion for learning and for physical fitness. Meghan graduated from The MacDuffie School in Springfield and Elms College with a degree in Business Management and Psychology. In high school she was Captain of the varsity field hockey team, played on the varsity softball and basketball teams, and then held the position of goalie on the Hartwick and Elms field hockey teams. This passion on the field manifested itself in Meghan’s pursuing the Coaching Minor at Elms College and later coaching youth community softball in the Boston area. To honor Meghan’s love of learning and passion for physical fitness, the Meghan’s Light Board of Directors created this scholarship to inspire the same kind of love and passion in the hearts and souls of coaches in the classroom and on the field. In her own words, Meghan felt, “fitness was a tool to help people thrive”.

The Meghan Hukowicz Zoll ’00 Endowed Scholarship is a need based scholarship with first preference given to undergraduate students with a minor in Coaching. If no undergraduate students meet the Coaching minor eligibility, then second preference shall be given to undergraduate students majoring in Sports Management.

Recipient

Thomas Slane, a 19-year-old triplet from Tolland, Connecticut with a dual major in Business Management and Accounting is the first scholarship recipient. Thomas has been on the Dean’s List both semesters of his freshman year. He is the third/first baseman on the baseball team and serves as the baseball representative to the Student Athletics Advisory Committee. Thomas is involved in the Chess Club and Campus Ministry. In his free time, he enjoys playing Elms Intramural sports like ultimate Frisbee, working out, camping with his family, and hanging out with his friends. Thomas said that with the support of the Meghan Hukowicz Zoll ’00 Endowed Scholarship and his family, he is one step closer to achieving his goal.

$111,857 Raised in Three Years

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Our Mission

The mission of Meghan’s Light is to support finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and to inspire hope and courage in patients, families and communities impacted by the disease.

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