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Mac alum sets up scholarship

August 6, 2010

A MacMurray College student in the class of 1980 has established a MacMurray scholarship in honor of Steve West, longtime Jacksonville High School teacher and wrestling and soccer coach, and Henry “Chip” Marchetti, a former MacMurray wrestling coach.

“I owe a lot to those two men,” said Rick Baumgart, a JHS graduate who now lives in Livermore, Calif. The West/Marchetti scholarship fund will be administered by the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville.

“I was really taken aback when he told me at homecoming last fall what he and his wife were going to do,” said West. “It was very humbling.”

West is a 1975 MacMurray graduate and was a wrestler on the 17-2 squad his senior year when he qualified for the national wrestling championships. In the fall, he will begin his 35th year as the JHS wrestling and soccer coach. He is also head of the Physical Education Department at the high school.

“It was a real nice gesture,” said Marchetti, who has never had a former wrestler honor him in such a way. “He was a very good wrestler. I’m really proud of him, what he’s done with his life.” Baumgart is Vice President for the Western United States for CommVault Systems, a New Jersey-based software company.

Marchetti was head wrestling and baseball coach at MacMurray 1975-80. He moved to New Bern, N.C., in 1995 and since has held positions at several school districts in the area, including Oaks Road Elementary School in New Bern, Havelock Middle School, Havelock High School, where he was assistant wrestling coach for two years. Most recently, he was chairperson of the Guidance Department at Pamlico County High School, Bayboro, N,C., where he was also assistant wrestling coach for one year.

Initially, the West/Marchetti Scholarship will be for at least $2,500 per year, but Baumgart will be raising money this fall and hopes to fund a full, annual scholarship for a MacMurray student. Donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville Foundation; P.O. Box 1583, Jacksonville, Ill. 62651.Write “West/Marchetti Scholarship” in the memo line.

“One person can have a transformative impact on the life of a talented student,” said MacMurray President Colleen Hester. “When a ‘transformed student,’ whose successful life has been prepared by education, returns as a donor and establishes such a scholarship to support other students’ education and to pay tribute to the professional who made such a difference, more lives are transformed! This is the best of ‘pay it forward,’ and on behalf of those students who will receive help from this West/Marchetti Kiwanis Scholarship, I express sincere gratitude.”

West, who was Baumgart’s mentor and trainer at JHS, and Marchetti lobbied on his behalf so he could attend MacMurray College. “Those four years of college have carried me through my life,” Baumgart said. “These two men are responsible. I have been truly blessed to have them as mentors and friends and have learned so much from both of them.”

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Ted Roth, Director of Public Relations
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