Sefcik Endowed Scholarship Created for USF Students

April. 21, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

Life-long educator and Joliet resident Jim Sefcik and USF President Dr. Arvid Johnson announced the creation of the James R. Sefcik Endowed Scholarship.

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 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 is also a lifetime member of St. Joseph parish in Joliet.

“In my heart, I believe totally and completely in Catholic education. I feel that there are many pitfalls in society that can trap a young person and Catholic education provides them the structure and background they need to avoid those pitfalls and lead a successful life,” said Sefcik.

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. “I want to see students benefit from this scholarship as much as possible,” he said. “I don’t want the requirements to be so strict that no one can meet them and it goes unused.”

The university is grateful for Sefcik’s generous contribution. This and all endowed scholarships support the goal of the university to provide financial aid opportunities to all students.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.