Five young people including three from the area each will receive $1,000 college scholarships
Saturday during the first Pittsburgh Sports & Fitness Festival at the Pittsburgh Expomart in Monroeville.
Lynn Swann, former Pittsburgh Steeler and chairman of
the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will present the scholarship awards in a ceremony at
The students are Justin Schreiber, 14, of Carnegie; Anja
Weisser, 9, of McKees Rocks; Devon Nguyen, 9 of Norwin, Westmoreland County; Nicole Plahs, 15, of Stahlstown, Westmoreland
County; and Nichole Sullivan, 11, of Toledo, Ohio.
Kumite International, a nonprofit martial arts scholarship
foundation based in Pittsburgh, awards the scholarships every year.
The awards will be part of the Kumite Classic National
Martial Arts Championship, one of 10 events at the sports and fitness festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
"Colleges don't offer athletic scholarships for martial arts,"
said Bill Viola, founder and head of Kumite International. "Our goal is to provide scholastic scholarships and financial aid
for deserving youth who excel in martial arts and give them the same opportunities that talented young athletes in other sports
MaryLynn Maerten Gary
Robert E. Everhart
Tim Meyer Chuck
Terrence TubioBoice Lydell
Eddie BootGene Rosky
Nicole PlahsPerry Culver
Tim MeyerGus Paolone
Addie ViolaBarry Moyer
Stacy FouseLinda Weber
Jenn SmithBill Viola
Kumite Internationals founded
KicKiss, the first and only non-profit karate rating association in the United States dedicated to competitive based karate
scholarships. The unique program is one of the fastest growing rating systems in The United
States, ranking the top competitors within the region.The KI network
expands throughout The United States, Canada, and Europe.For the first
time in history, karate athletes have a circuit of events to earn college scholarship and financial aid for school.
follow strict criteria which include an evaluation of academic performance, community service, leadership skills, competition
performance, and martial arts experience.Students who wish to teach karate in
the future are encouraged to apply.Requirements include a submitted essay and
instructor nomination. These scholarships are reserved to current college students and high school senior members. Leadership
awards are projected to be available for the 2011 academic year. You must be a member of Kumite International to apply or
become eligible for scholarships.Applicants must be full-time students accepted
at an accredited college.
International is currently developing a number of celebrity scholarships.The
awards will honor some of Hollywoods top superstars and sport karate legends.Projected date is 2008 KicKiss Season.If you would like to nominate a
celebrity or superstar, please send a letter or resume