Friends and family of Andy Kryder recently established the Andy Kryder Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation to honor his legacy.
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to students from Wawasee High School who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Priority is given to graduating seniors who are on the varsity swim team, and second preference is given to graduating seniors pursuing the study of business, honoring Kryder’s investment in the world of business and aquatics.
Kryder lived an active life of serving others. He grew up in Syracuse on Lake Wawasee and, after a short stint of living at Ball State University, he returned, living on Irish Lake in North Webster. With such a lake-centric life, it is no wonder so many of his favorite pastimes included the water.
While he studied finance in college and worked in the business realm for a number of years, Kryder eventually switched to teaching. He taught business and accounting classes at his alma mater, Wawasee High School, for two years and began a fishing club for district students. In his last year of life he served as the aquatics teacher and swim coach in the Wawasee School district. He took the girls swim team all the way to the state meet in Indianapolis.
Kryder married his high school sweetheart, Colleen, and together they raised a daughter and two sons in Kosciusko County. They all grew up swimming competitively, with Kryder as their coach and biggest fan.
Since 1968, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc. has helped donors achieve their charitable dreams. The foundation is a public charity that grants about $3 million annually in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, recreation, civic projects, environment and human services.
Gifts made to Kosciusko County Community Foundation are tax-deductible.
For more information, call (574) 267-1901 or visit 102 E. Market St., Warsaw.