Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship Article at Skatepark of Tampa

Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 by Kerr

College Scholarships for Skateboarders Announced

Liz Kerr
Ingrid Valey

February 6, 2003

Two mothers of skateboarders, Liz Kerr of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, a nurse, and Ingrid Valey of Moorestown, New Jersey, an educator, have created the first college scholarship fund in the United States for skateboarders. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship will provide funding for four scholarships. The fund is named in memory of 15-year-old Patrick Kerr, an honor student, skateboard activist, and devoted skateboarder.

To apply for the scholarship, students must complete the essay question ‘How has skateboarding been a positive influence in your life?’ The scholarship is open to high school seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher that have been accepted to a two or four-year accredited college. All candidates must be US citizens. Special consideration will be given to students who have been actively involved promoting skateboarding in their communities.

The 2003 awards consist of (1) $5,000 scholarship and (3) $1,000 scholarships. The top 10 candidates will receive a “Back to School Package” of skate clothing and equipment. Application deadline is April 20, 2003.

Additional Information is available at

Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship Board of Directors:
Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania Governor, Honorary Board Member
Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia City Planner (Retired), Love Park Designer
Vincent Caligiori, WMMR Radio, Philadelphia
Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder
Heidi Lemmon, Director Non-profit Skatepark Association USA
Judge Seamus McCaffery, Philadelphia Municipal Court
Jen O’Brien, Professional Skateboarder
Ricky Oyola, Professional Skateboarder
Gary Ream, Director Woodward Camp
Mike Vallely, Professional Skateboarder
Jack Wienert, Executive Director ESPN’s X Games


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