is awarded to a University of New England undergraduate student in his/her third year of study who is maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given in descending order of importance to a student who:
On December 28, 2008, our beloved Kimberly was suddenly called to God after sustaining a brain aneurysm.
Kim was born in Portland on March 1, 1976, attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1994, as her class Salutatorian and Deering's female nominee for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar/Athlete.
Kim continued her education at the University of New England, where she earned her CNA Certificate in 1995 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Sports & Fitness Management, graduating Cum Laude in 1998.
Upon graduation, Kim was hired by Verizon Customer Service, in Portland, were she progressed from a Sales and Service Representative into special project and training details. She transitioned from a Support and Sales Supervisor to a Manager of Training position with Fairpoint, after the sale of Verizon.
Kim continued her athletic pursuits post-college by playing softball for the Coastal Athletics Women's Softball Team. She played for her coach and mentor Art Piteau for fourteen years and participated in many state championships, out-of-state tourneys and 5 national tournaments.
In 2009 Kim's family and friends organized and held the first annual KAT-WALK in Kim's honor. The name of the event was formed using Kim's initials and the event is held along the beautiful Back Cove area of Portland, Maine.
Now in it’s 9th year, this annual event has grown to embrace many more families affected by brain aneurysms including the family of Karolina A. Kurka, who passed from Brain Aneurysm in 2011. This day is used to honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to this silent killer.