Every person has a story to tell. Students’ stories could earn money toward tuition costs starting fall 2013 thanks to an individual who had a strong influence on the culture of Pacific.

The name of the Boxer Spirit Awards has been adjusted as a way of honoring Eva Krebs, former vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students who passed away in July 2012. Every Boxer Spirit Award given is now known as the Eva C. Krebs Boxer Spirit Award. In particular there is a new spirit award, the Eva C. Krebs ‘Make a Difference’ Boxer Spirit Award.

“Every one of our students is doing something extraordinary,” said vice president of University Advancement Cassie McVeety. “I encourage any returning students to apply.”

The ‘Make a Difference’ award is unique from the Boxer Spirit Award because it is an endowed scholarship of $25,000.

With a donor, that money will stay in an account and the interest earned off of the account will fund the scholarship. The initial money is never removed from the account.

“It’ll generate the interest for this award and forever honor her memory,” said McVeety.

There are many donors that have made the Eva C. Krebs ‘Make a Difference’ Boxer Spirit Award Endowment possible. University Advancement keeps donor information confidential, but it is noted that Kreb’s husband Rick is one of the significant donors to the fund.

These awards are given based on a student’s academic standing, activities, interests and federally defined needs.

The award amounts apply for the upcoming academic year and range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Students can apply for the endowed scholarship by writing an additional essay along with the Boxer Spirit Award essay.

Those strongly encouraged to apply for the ‘Make a Difference’ Scholarship are those who have overcome barriers to come to school here, made a significiant contribution to others or have overcome an extraordinary circumstance, said McVeety.

For more than 15 years as an advocate to students, McVeety said this is just one way Pacific is continuing the legacy Krebs set up.

“She really felt so strongly about student’s success,” said McVeety. “She created the awards to insure that every student has the tools to succeed.”

The opportunity to apply for these scholarships will be available before the end of the spring 2013 semester.

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