CVU’s Kevin Riell remembered with scholarship

Champlain Valley Union Athletic Director Kevin Riell, kneeling far right,  poses with his advisory while on a field trip last fall.
Champlain Valley Union Athletic Director Kevin Riell, kneeling far right, poses with his advisory while on a field trip last fall.

By Sheri Duff

The outpouring of support extended to Kevin Riell’s family after his unexpected death in December has resulted in a Champlain Valley Union (CVU) scholarship named for the school’s longtime director of co-curricular activity.

“The Riell family is humbled by all the donations made in Kevin’s memory,” shared Linda Riell, Kevin’s wife. “We wanted to honor him and felt like a scholarship would be a perfect way to do just that.”

Established in January, the Kevin Riell Scholarship will be awarded to two CVU students, one boy and one girl, beginning with the graduating class of 2015. To be considered for the $1,000 annual scholarship, students must have been involved in CVU co-curricular activities, exemplify honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship, exhibit a strong work ethic, and be positive role models.

With a starting endowment of $10,000 made possible by the Riell family, additional fundraisers are planned to continue the scholarship in perpetuity. A Jazzercise class, the first fundraiser and the brainchild of Tamie-Jo Dickinson’s Future Business Leaders of American advisory, is on tap for this Saturday, March 28 from 11am-12pm in the CVU gymnasium.

“My advisory wanted to hold an event were we could encourage all clubs, activities, and sports teams to participate, since Kevin was the administrator for all these wonderful options for students,” mentioned Dickinson. “Renee Benoit, a CVU student researching Jazzercise for her Grad Challenge Project, is working with me to plan this event. I will teach the class. The goal is to raise at least $1,000 at the event, between donations to participate in the class, t-shirt sales, and food sales.”

Other tentatively scheduled fundraisers include a golf tournament, a memorial basketball tournament, a community yard sale, and a casino night.

“The family of Kevin Riell would like to thank friends, colleagues, and community for its support at the time of Kevin’s passing,” shared Linda. “Without you, the Kevin Riell Scholarship would not have become a reality.”

Donations to the scholarship can be made to: The Kevin Riell Scholarship Fund, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461.