Celebrating a life

‘ This means we are able to carry on his name and his spirit’

Scott Kail ’02 had never intended to create a scholarship at the University of Indianapolis. But when his good friend and classmate Chad Davidson passed away in 2001, Scott and Chad’s family and friends wanted to honor him.

Chad had been battling cancer since the spring of 2000 when he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, a disease that he had fought during his time at Greensburg High School. “He never complained and never asked ‘Why me?’” says Scott.

“He was always caring and upbeat and had a great sense of humor.

“Once you met him, you never forgot him.” Scott met Chad his freshman year when they were living in the same dorm. They became roommates and good friends over the next few years.

“Chad was a prankster,” says Scott. “He was the life of every party and was involved with athletics and church activities.”

When Chad passed away, Scott wanted to do something to honor his friend.

“I thought about options such as planting a tree on campus or buying a bench with his name on it, but I wanted something bigger.” He found out that he could create a scholarship in Chad’s name but he needed $25,000 to get it started.

“At first I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a daunting amount,’ but I knew I was up to the challenge. If you put your mind to it and you know it’s for a good cause, you’ll find a way to do it.” With the help of Chad’s family and friends, Scott decided to hold a golf outing to fund the scholarship. He began going door to door in Greensburg to collect donations for the scholarship and to sign up golfers.

The first outing was held in Greensburg on September 29, 2001, and raised almost $10,000 for the scholarship. “The outing was a great opportunity celebrate Chad’s life and to talk about our memories of him,” says Scott. The golf outing continued for the next three years until Scott reached his $25,000 goal and was able to create the Chad Davidson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student who, preferably, is from Decatur County and who has overcome challenges as a result of illness, injury, or disability.

“This scholarship means that we are able to carry on his name and his spirit,” says Scott. “That was important to his family and to me.

“Chad had a short time on this earth, but he had an impact on so many and was a great friend. You don’t want to forget about people like that.”