Initially started as a scholarship created and funded by the friends
and family of Casey Gazdik, a health promotion/wellness major who was suddenly
struck ill and died from blastomycosis (a rare lung infection) in 2001,
was transformed into the Heroes Award.
The award is presented to a
deserving CPS student who has demonstrated the ability to overcome or
help someone overcome an obstacle in life through courage or ability,
bravery, or noble qualities.