Kaipust Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mark Kaipust & Taylor Kaipust Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Announcing a new scholarship at Gross Catholic. The Mark Kaipust & Taylor Kaipust Memorial Scholarship Fund is now established in memory of Gross Catholic alumnus, Mark Kaipust and his son, Taylor.

A $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to one incoming Gross Catholic freshman.

Details of the Scholarship

1. Kaipust Memorial applicants must embody the qualities and characteristics Mark lived out each and every day – patience, positivity, leadership and service to others.

2. Applicants will submit a 200 word essay on the following prompts: ‘What does positive leadership look like in the high school environment and how can it lead to positive change?’

3. Applicants will provide a character reference from a non-family member. Reference should include first name, last name and email address

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 27, 2024.

Scholarship will be awarded in April 2024.

Questions? Contact Ryan Larson at larson@gcgmail.org
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About Mark Kaipust

Mark Kaipust was a genuinely loyal person who demonstrated great patience and a positive attitude. He lived out his mission as a Christian by serving others with his many talents and abilities. Mark was committed to advanced education and worked to achieve a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University where he contributed positively to the world of academia as an Assistant Professor at Creighton University. He had a quick wit about him in his teaching and interactions with those close to him. Mark had years of experience coaching kids in sports who looked up to him. He loved traditions and kept those with family and friends. Mark loved his children and encouraged them to work hard and be well-rounded individuals. He is in heaven now, enjoying that one-on-one time with his son, playing endless games of baseball and basketball.

About Taylor Kaipust

Taylor Kaipust was a unique spirit with a naturally curious mind. He always had deep-thought questions that most never had the answers to give him. He was compassionate and empathetic, often taking on others’ pain and emotions and on his own doing, determined to save his own money to help others in need and work hard to one day in life be able to cure others. Taylor had the best sense of humor and like his father, was always the life of the party, making others smile and laugh. He would laugh out loud at shows and movies, get up and dance and sing along with songs, and entertain everyone. Taylor loved Jesus and now he is with Him, enjoying his “mansion” and “epic pool” that he often dreamed he would one day share with his siblings.

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Gross Catholic, a co-educational, college preparatory high school, began its proud heritage of academic excellence rooted in the Marianist tradition in 1968. We consider ourselves one of the best Catholic schools in Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion. The school motto Dux Esto (“Be a Leader”) is at the core of its extraordinary mission, innovative spirit, and fundamental values. The school offers a challenging environment and outstanding quality of life, both in academics and co-curricular activities, with a strong focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education. The spirit of Christian service and giving back is part of everything the school does. Gross Catholic’s top-tier status is reflected in its talented faculty, staff, and coaches who take great pride in seeing virtually every graduate head to college, often to the most prestigious domestic and international universities and service academies. Together with families and alumni, Gross Catholic forges relationships for a lifetime, helping to ready the next generation to be exemplary, principled leaders of the world.

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