Leading by example

Coeur d'Alene Salvation Army Kroc Center invests in young people to produce future leaders

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A $500 scholarship can be priceless.

Gus Koch, a senior at University of Idaho, is looking forward to graduation this spring and then hopefully he's off to medical school. The Coeur d'Alene native's future shines brightly, as Gus plans to return to Coeur d'Alene and practice medicine.

“The scholarship meant so much to me,” he said. “I have it framed and it's sitting on my desk. Receiving it was so affirming and a big confidence boost for me.”

Which is exactly the outcome the Kroc Center Advisory Board wanted when they awarded Koch the first Jack Riggs Scholarship in 2013.

“Our future leaders are growing up in this community,” said Christy Markham, director of development and marketing for the Kroc Center. “We realized that they need to be nurtured by existing leaders. Dr. Riggs is such an inspirational leader, which is why we named the scholarship after him.”

Dr. Jack Riggs is well known in North idaho for his longtime efforts in business, philanthropy, medicine, church and government. Riggs, CEO of Pita Pit USA, earlier founded North Idaho Immediate Care Center and served as Idaho Lt. Governor in 2001.  

The Coeur d'Alene native is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Koch is hoping to follow Riggs' footsteps.

“I've just applied to medical school at the University of Washington,” he said. “We'll see what happens. I would love to go there.”

Koch said Riggs is a role model and he credits the Salvation Army for fostering leadership with young people.

“Being a leader is about treating everyone fairly and rightly,” said Koch. “But it's also leading by example. It's about doing the right thing when people are looking -- and when they're not.”

In just four years, the Kroc Center Advisory Board has grown its scholarship program from one $500 award to five $1,000 scholarships.

“Our ultimate goal is to partner with the business community to be able to offer five $5,000 scholarships,” said Markham. “To both celebrate the leadership qualities in our young people and give them resources that more adequately match the cost of higher education. Creating leaders is a legacy of the Kroc Center.”

For more information, http://www.kroccda.org/leadership.html

 -Story by Marc Stewart, Director of Sponsored Content. 

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March 09, 2017 at 5:00 am | A $500 scholarship can be priceless. Gus Koch, a senior at University of Idaho, is looking forward to graduation this spring and then hopefully he's off to medical school. The Coeur d'Alene native...

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March 09, 2017 at 5:00 am | A $500 scholarship can be priceless. Gus Koch, a senior at University of Idaho, is looking forward to graduation this spring and then hopefully he's off to medical school. The Coeur d'Alene nativ...

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