Kim-Li Kimel Volleyball Scholarship Fund

Supporting senior volleyball players who are pursuing their post-secondary educations


Story of Fund

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Kim-Li Kimel has been State College Area High School boys’ volleyball head coach since 2000, before which she had coached the girls’ team. She brings a wealth of experience to her position from previous work with Nittany Elite Volleyball Club, Juniata Court Express Camp, Rapid Transit Volleyball Club, Centre Select Volleyball Club, Piedmont Volleyball Club, Greensboro Day School Volleyball, and as an official with Club Coach Clinics at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Also, she is a USAV certified official, IMPACT certified, and has CAP II USAV accreditation. Coach Kimel has been published in USA Volleyball Magazine and – in addition to her coaching responsibilities – she teaches Advanced Placement Psychology at SCAHS.

Since graduating from State High in 1950 and 1953, respectively, Tom and Carolyn Smith consider themselves thoroughly maroon and gray.  Since graduating, they have been active alums and supporters of the athletics programs at State High. The Smiths became especially fond of the local volleyball programs when their two granddaughters played on club teams and also on the State High teams during their SCAHS careers. For the love of the game, their admiration for Coach Kimel's efforts both on and off the court, and the character the game itself builds inside volleyball players, Tom and Carolyn were inspired to establish the Kim-Li Kimel Volleyball Scholarship Fund.


How Does it Help?

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

The Kim-Li Kimel Volleyball Scholarship Fund supports two scholarships per year: one for a senior female and one for a senior male. Each recipient must have been an active member in good standing with their team, have already been accepted to a post-secondary educational program, currently be in good academic standing at State High with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have demonstrated involvement in their community. 

The mission of the SCASD is to prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education. The district draws its students from a 150 square mile attendance area encompassing the Borough of State College and the surrounding townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton, totaling an enrollment of approximately 6,900.


Fund
Established
2016
2017
Fund Size
$53K
2017
Grants
Education & Lifelong Learning
100%