Published: March 01, 2011
The parents of Doug Kozar, the University of Tampa alumnus who was
killed by a drunk driver when walking to his car on Harbour Island, have
established an endowed scholarship at UT in his name.
decided we wanted to do something that would keep Doug’s memory alive,”
his father, Russ Kozar, said. “We wanted to do something that was
somehow affiliated with UT. He absolutely loved the school.”
need-based scholarship will go to a junior criminology or criminal
justice major and will continue into his or her senior year. It will be
awarded starting in fall 2012.
Doug’s mother, Kathy Kozar, said
he loved Florida and enjoyed every moment at UT. He was drawn to the
water, because he was an avid fisherman. A native of Cortlandt Manor,
NY, he told his parents he didn’t plan on coming back to New York.
Douglas J. Kozar Memorial Endowed Scholarship will continue the legacy
of a young man who friends say was quick to help out those in need.
always brought Doug up to think of others,” Kathy said. “His friends
would say he was the first one to lend a helping hand. Doug embodied the
values we taught him in our home, and we couldn't be prouder of the man
Kathryn Branch, an assistant professor in the
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice had Kozar as a pupil in a
number of her classes and said he definitely stood out.
just one of those students you knew was engaged,” she said. “Sometimes
he was quiet, but he was always participating, listening and asking
questions afterward. He was a pleasure to have in the classroom.”
“Our students will definitely benefit from the scholarship,” she added. “I think it’s a great way to honor him.”