JOLIET – Joliet resident and higher education advocate James R. Sefcik has chosen to establish the James R. Sefcik Endowed Scholarship at the University of St. Francis (USF). Sefcik chose St. Francis because the mission of the university aligns closely with his personal educational philosophy.
Sefcik was born and raised in Joliet, and is a graduate of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Grade School, Joliet Catholic High School, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University in Romeoville and George Williams College.
Later in his career, Sefcik came to the University of St. Francis and enrolled in the chemical dependency certificate program. He taught science in numerous schools throughout his career.
At the pinnacle of his career, Sefcik was appointed the chief examiner for the Will County Regional Office of Education. He also is a lifetime member of St. Joseph parish in Joliet.
The initial gift of the scholarship is $25,000. It is Sefcik’s wish that the endowment will continue to grow and allow a $1,000 award to be presented annually. Until then, two $500 awards will be given to two students, preferably one male and one female who are at least sophomores.
Preference will be given to athletes majoring in science with a need for financial assistance but non-athlete science majors will also be considered. Students are expected to have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5.
Scholarship requirements were intentionally left open at Sefcik’s request.
For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.