John R. Schleppi Sport Management Career Enhancement Fund

What is the fund?

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The John R. Schleppi Sport Management Career Enhancement Fund was established to recognize Dr. Schleppi's contribution and leadership role in the University of Dayton's Sport Management program, created in 1986.

This fund assists a student in making the transition from college studies to the post-graduate world and is to be used to attend professional conferences. These opportunities provide students with experience and offer excellent networking platforms as they begin looking for jobs after graduation.

A panel of seniors will choose the winner based on how he or she conveys why the conference was selected and how to leverage the experience. The annual award will be in the amount of $1,500. Two runners-up will receive $1,000 and $500.

The Schleppi Fund has raised more than $100,000 from the efforts of Sport Management students. 

Fund criteria

This fund is given to a non-graduating Sport Management student and is to be used to fund conference participation. The individual must demonstrate a desire to enhance his/her education.

Past winners

  • 2018: Sam Stidham
  • 2017: Claire Fischer
  • 2016: Christopher Junior
  • 2015: Trenton P. Graham
  • 2014: Olivia L. Pinciotti
  • 2013: Matthew R. Coulson
  • 2012: Bennett K. Estey
  • 2011: Kelly A. Kwiatkowski
  • 2010: Scott M. McAdams
  • 2009: Justin D. Kirk & Ryan Mirabedini
  • 2008: Edward C. Grochowiak

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How to donateschleppi fundraising efforts

At the University of Dayton, we are committed to providing an education that extends beyond the walls of the University. The Sport Management Program allows students to gain real life experience, which includes attending conferences and generating opportunities to advance in the sport industry.

Making a donation to the John R. Schleppi Sport Management Career Enhancement Fund will help support our students’ opportunities to learn more about and to experience the sport industry first hand.

To make a donation to the fund, call 888-253-2283 or donate online >>

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968