Peter Chopivsky Memorial Scholarship Program

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Chopivsky Memorial Scholarship

In 2011, Central Loudoun Basketball League established the Chopivsky Memorial Scholarship Program to support the further educational endeavors of CLBL alumni who had demonstrated their commitment to community service, learning, and leadership.

Dr. Peter Chopivsky, in whose memory the scholarship program was established, was a physician and prominent member of the Leesburg community, who lived a life dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in those character attributes.

The Story of Dr. Peter Chopivsky

Peter Chopivsky was born in Chicago in 1952 and raised in Central Illinois, the son of a family physician.  He received his degree in biology at Princeton, and then attended medical school at George Washington University.  While a student at The George Washington University School of Medicine he frequented Leesburg, attracted to the town by its rich history and its quaintness.  After he wrapped up his medical education at GW, Dr. Chopivsky did his residency at UCLA, where he taught in the medical school.

Eventually the pull of Leesburg brought him eastward.  Dr. Chopivsky and his growing family settled in Leesburg in 1990.  He started a solo family practice, determined to practice modern medicine delivered the old-fashioned way.  Dr. Chopivsky was a man dedicated to service to others.  As a physician with his own practice, he provided primary medical care for many of the children in the Leesburg community, taking the time to talk to them during appointments, asking about what was happening in their lives.  He made every person that entered his office feel special.  Beyond his own practice, he was committed to the Leesburg community, volunteering his time at the Loudoun Free Clinic and as a medical provider at Graydon Manor.  He served on the board of the Harrison-Conrad Memorial Trust, which offers financial assistance for the medical care of needy children with disabilities in Loudoun County.  He also was active in the medical communities of George Washington University and the University of Virginia by hosting and providing clinical rotations for those medical students who had an interest in family practice.  He lectured on various artists and how their respective medical conditions shaped their works in a series called Medicine and the Arts.  On top of his contributions to the Leesburg medical community and the arts, he was an avid supporter of - and coach with - the Central Loudoun Youth Basketball League.  Dr. Chopivsky lived by the mantra that you must appreciate the events and challenges of every day and that you find true success in helping and serving others along the way.

Dr. Peter Chopivsky passed away in April 2010 after an heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.  The Dr. Peter Chopivsky Memorial Scholarships, since 2011, have been awarded to young men and women of Leesburg that exemplify the same commitment to serving others that Dr. Chopivsky lived every day. 

Selection Criteria and Submission Details for the Chopivsky Memorial Scholarship (2022-2023)

All scholarship applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, January 29, 2023

Mandatory Needs

  1. Google Account (To login and submit/edit your application)
  2. Submitted documents MUST be in PDF, and will be uploaded

Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a high school senior graduating in 2023.
  2. Applicant must be enrolling in a 2-year or 4-year accredited institution of higher learning in Fall of 2023 (the scholarship funds will be distributed DIRECTLY to the institution).
  3. Applicant must be a CLBL Alumnus (played on a CLBL team - house or travel - at any time between their 1st and 12th grades). You will be asked what years you participated.

Submission Items

  1. Applicant will provide complete contact information. Please use a personal email address, not your school email address.
  2. Applicant must submit documentation / evidence of community service (e.g. letters from the benefiting group, an award for the service, etc.)
  3. Letter(s) of Recommendation (LoR) Note:  For any LoR, in the application, you will be asked to identify who will be sending it to CLBL. Please provide the LoR Form from our website to your Recommender, and ask them to send it (in pdf format) to scholarship-admin@clbl.org. They should include your name in the Subject line.
    • Applicant will secure one or more letters of recommendation from appropriate parties (high school teachers, counselors, community service organization leaders, etc.)
    • Applicant should secure a letter of recommendation from one of your CLBL coaches (head or assistant); this is optional, but HIGHLY recommended.
  4. Applicant will submit a letter explaining the following key points:
    • How you have excelled in each of the 3 areas important to Dr. Chopivsky ...

      • Academics (grades, honors, awards, etc.)
      • Athletics (personal participation, achievements, awards, etc. including leadership)

      • Community Service (not just what you did, but also the impact of your acts to improve our community)

    • Why you feel you should be honored with the Peter Chopivsky Memorial Scholarship based on what you know of his life and achievements (as detailed on the CLBL website)

Graduation Year Scholarship Recipient High School College / University
2022Joseph ChenHeritage HSUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2022Julie CrossHeritage HSUniversity of Virginia
2022Ashana PatelHeritage HSUniversity of Virginia
2022Sam SanjithHeritage HSUniversity of Maryland
2021Sean GoodhartLoudoun County HSUniversity of Virginia
2021Maseel ShahLoudoun County HSUniversity of Virginia
2021William SibleyHeritage HSUniversity of South Carolina
2020Sean GarvinLoudoun County HSMount St. Mary's University
2020Abigail KasparyTuscarora HSJames Madison University
2020Casey NewmanHeritage HSUniversity of Virginia
2020James PantasLoudoun County HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2020Koray Berk TombulogluHeritage HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2019Zachary AbbottLoudoun County HSUniversity of Virginia
2019Elena DinmanLoudoun County HSJames Madison University
2019Jessica EckLoudoun County HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2019Taylor YokumLoudoun County HSChristopher Newport University
2018Eric BowersLoudoun County HSJames Madison University
2018Nicole FettermanLoudoun County HSGeorge Mason University
2018Katrina KnapikHeritage HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2017Alexander CarlinHeritage HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2017Parker EyermanHeritage HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2017Cheryl Anne FriesLoudoun County HSNorthern Virginia Community College
2017Patrick TyreeHeritage HSChristopher Newport University
2016Taylor CrouseTuscarora HSFlorida State University
2016Erica DuerbeckLoudoun County HSVirginia Commonwealth University
2016Chris LeeLoudoun County HSBrigham Young University
2016Jesslyn ManniLoudoun County HSMount St. Mary University
2015Collin BuchananLoudoun County HSChristopher Newport University
2015Lacey CavinessLoudoun County HSJames Madison University
2015Thomas KronenburgTuscarora HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2015Samantha MeyersHeritage HSJames Madison University
2014Alexandra LangTuscarora HSRadford University
2013Bobby HuddlestonThomas Jefferson HS for Science and TechnologyUniversity of Michigan
2012Austin NelsonHeritage HSVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2011Brittany BattsLoudoun County HSGannon University