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It is with mixed emotions that I stand before you this evening. Although I am sincerely honored and grateful for the scholarship that I was awarded five years ago, I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that it was established as a result of the tragic loss of Kevin Eidt. Even years after his passing, Kevinís spirit continues to resonate in the Norwalk community, the Boston College community, and in those whose lives he touched.

Kevinís light permeates into the lives of others, inspiring those around him to share in his legacy. Edith Wharton once wrote: ďThere are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects itĒ. Kevin was the candle that lit the way for us to continue the journey. It is our responsibility to be the mirrors that reflect Kevinís aspirations, ideals, and compassion that he had for others. By keeping Kevinís ideals ever present in our lives, we can ensure that we will be sharing him with the rest of the world.

The Kevin Eidt scholarship has given me so much more than the opportunity to attend my dream school. It has truly shaped my life and the person that I strive to be going forward. He led the way by his exemplary character, his selflessness and his unwavering loyalty to those he loved. Kevinís memory has allowed me to cherish every day and to never take the people around me for granted. It has shown me how precious life really is and how things can change in a matter of an instant. Often through adversity and sorrow, we find strength to move forward; we strive to be better. Kevinís life gave me the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself. It gave me an incredible opportunity to be a part of this great community, which in some way shares Kevinís spirit; a community of people always striving for the good of those around them.

During my four years at Boston College, I was fortunate enough to see the Eidt family quite frequently. Their presence on campus, whether at football tailgates, or at the Annual Emergency Medical Service banquet established in Kevinís honor, was a constant reminder of their generosity, compassion, and sacrifice to keep Kevinís memory alive.

Boston College has not only provided me with a solid Jesuit education, but also with so many incredible memories. I have gained meaningful friendships, experiences, and knowledge that I will always treasure. Unlike many Boston College students who walked the campus, I saw it as a place of Kevinís. I wondered if Kevin ate in the same cafeteria, what he thought about while walking to classes, or if he had as much fun playing in the band at the football games as I had watching in the stands. BCís campus was filled with Kevinís presence for me. In reality, BC could not have been a better fit for Kevin. The schoolís philosophy of teaching its students the importance of being ďmen and women for othersĒ is what Kevin lived for, and what he inspired in others. Through all of the volunteer opportunities on campus, I was reminded of Kevinís generosity and selflessness. Although Kevinís time may have been short at Boston College, his presence is felt everywhere. The Emergency Medical Services and the scholarship in the Carroll School of Management both established in Kevinís name, keep his legacy alive. Each year many students benefit from the generosity of the Eidt family and are inspired to carry out Kevinís altruistic messages.

I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the Eidt family for sharing their love of Kevin with all of us, and for allowing us into their lives. Your courage and generosity are unparalleled. Few people would have had the strength to help others after such an unimaginable loss. Your perseverance and tireless devotion to your sonís memory is commendable. I would also like to thank my family for being here with me this evening and for all of their support throughout the years. The values they have instilled in me, I hope to always carry.

Lastly, I want to thank each and every person in this room. While I may not know all of you, we share common values that connect us to Kevin. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great community. To quote one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, ďwe are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling, and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternityĒ.

We must never underestimate the importance of a moment. Thank you all for sharing this moment with me. Most importantly, thank you to the Eidt family whose love for Kevin assured that his legacy will continue and whose generosity has made a huge impact on all of the Kevin Eidt scholarship recipients. Most people live an entire lifetime without leaving such an impact as did Kevin. His legacy lives through each and every one of us. Kevin lives in the stories we share about him and in the way we choose to live our lives, as Kevin did with grace and selflessness.

Thank you.

Latest News

2018 Dinner Dance

The 19th Annual Kevin M Eidt Memorial Dinner Dance and Scholarship Presentation will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Tickets for the event and sponsorship opportunities are now available on our Event Page.

Alyxie Harrick Joins Selection Committee

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Alyxie Harrick, 2008 recipient of Kevin's Norwalk High scholarship, has joined the Scholarship Selection Committee beginning with the 2018 award. Alyxie is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University, and currently a Senior Consultant, Corporate Strategy with Deloitte in New York City.

2017 Scholarships Awards

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin's Fund will be offering $129,000 in scholarships for 2018, bringing the total value of scholarships awarded to $2M since the Fund's inception in 1997. Please read our Thanksgiving update letter for more details.

2017 Annual Report Letter

Read The Fund's annual update letter reviewing a remarkable year of success and support.

Boston College CSOM Honors Program

Congratulations to Hannah Say, BC '18, the 2017 recipient of the $18,000 CSOM Honors Program Scholarship. She was recognized at the year end Honors Program Banquet at Boston College on April 27, 2017.

Kevin Eidt Emerging Leaders Award

Congratulations to Joan Kennedy BC '20, who was named the recipient of Kevin Eidt Memorial Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Scholarship at Boston College on April 11, 2017. ELP is one of the great programs for BC freshman and the Fund is honored to be associated with it's highest participant award.

2017 Scholarship Recipient Announced

Congratulations to Grace Bradley, the 2017 recipient of $100,000 Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship for the most outstanding senior at Norwalk High School. She was recognized at the annual Dinner Dance benefit held in Norwalk on Saturday April 8, 2017. Ava will be attending Furman University in the fall.

Grace Bradley

Scholarship Fund Accomplishments as of June 30, 2017
Funding as % of Contributions99.4%