Kirstin Skari Memorial Scholarship
Fund Background: The fund was established by Dave and Arlyss Skari in loving memory of their daughter Kirstin who passed away on July 10, 1999 from viral meningitis and encephalitis. She had just completed her freshman year at the University of North Dakota.
Kirstin was born on September 25, 1979 in Bismarck and moved to Jamestown at the age of three. In 1993 she moved with her family to Minot. During high school she was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Spanish Club. She was named an All American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy.
Kirstin earned two varsity letters as a member of the golf team and participated in the Minot High School Girls Tennis Team. She played clarinet in the Minot High School Band and took piano lessons for twelve years earning three Gold Cups for superior ratings in piano festivals. She was active in the Christ Lutheran Church youth group, handbell choir and the woodwind ensemble. She twice attended the International Music Camp. She traveled to Europe with the Humanities Club and also to Close-up in Washington, DC. She traveled to 18 states including Hawaii with her parents on family vacations.
Kirstin was a Communications and Political Science Major and had planned to study law. She was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. She participated as a member of the Student Association, Greek Panhellenic Council and served on the 1999 Elections Committee. She was Historian for the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Although Kirstin’s life was tragically short, her accomplishments were many and she touched many lives with her beautiful blue eyes, gleaming smile and her kindness.
Eligibility Requirements: Sophomore and junior members of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at the University of North Dakota may apply. Preference will be given to students who exhibit leadership skills, have stellar academic records and participate in campus activities. All applicants must write a short essay describing why they are qualified to receive this award. The essay must accompany the application in order to be considered for the award.
Applications accepted January 1 - April 1 only. Applications received outside of this window will NOT be accepted.
Coordinator of Greek Life
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58205