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This Veterans Day Give to the Celtic Valor Scholarship Fund


The Celtic Valor Annual Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Charles Kitowski III ‘98 who lost his life in the service of his country. The scholarship supports current UST student veterans.

Friends of Sgt. Charles Kitowski III '98In August 2007, while serving overseas, University of St. Thomas alumnus Sgt. Charles Kitowski III '98 courageously volunteered to take the place of an ill soldier from another company. Kitowski and two more soldiers gave their lives that day when an IED exploded near their vehicle.

This Veterans Day and beyond, consider joining UST in its efforts to continue to fund The Sgt. Charles Kitowski III Celtic Valor Annual Scholarship, which supports current UST student veterans. Go to this link on GiveCampus to contribute.

The Celtic Valor Scholarship was established in 2014 by friends, family and classmates to honor Sgt. Kitowski and support UST veterans in his memory. Three of those alumni founders and friends share their thoughts on Charles and this Celtic Valor Scholarship:

Kevin Loper '97, MSA '00

"The importance of the Sgt. Charles Kitowski III Celtic Valor Memorial Scholarship is twofold. It allows the UST community to remember and honor our fallen alumnus and allows the UST community to ensure our UST veterans continue to receive the best education available. Because veterans took the time to protect and serve us, Celtic Valor will ensure our UST veterans have access to the best of what UST has to offer."

Joe Garcia, '03

"Celtic Valor was started to help honor the life and memory or our friend and University of St. Thomas alumnus, Charles Kitowski III. What makes this scholarship so important is that it showcases the military community at UST while empowering the recipients to continue their education. Furthermore, all students that are awarded can take honor in knowing that they embody the virtues that make UST exemplary."

Dan Garcia, '01, MBA '09

"The Celtic Valor scholarships represent everything that Charles Kitowski stood for before attending UST, while he was at UST, and after he graduated and went on to serve his country. UST veterans who receive this scholarship embody all the values that Charles stood for: selfless service, loyalty and respect. We hope this scholarship can help our student veterans carry on Charles' legacy so that every year we can continue to grow and honor not only Charles but every veteran who calls UST home."