The purpose of the Jesse Kohen Memorial Fund is to provide a scholarship to CSU, Chico students working with special needs students. In addition, the fund hopes to provide other services and equipment to enhance the experience of special need children in the community.
Jesse Kohen was an amazing young man with many gifts and talents. Working with Special Needs students was his passion and his greatest gift. As a physical education and adaptive physical education major at CSU, Chico, Jesse was intent on getting his special education credential so he could work with the population of students he loved. Jesse’s enthusiasm for life inspired his special needs students, friends, coworkers, and classmates. With words and action, Jesse lived up to his motto in life, “Be a Champion”. Jesse lost his life in a single-vehicle accident in October 2010. However, Jesse’s contributions to youth continue through The Jesse Kohen Foundation which gives a yearly scholarship to a Chico State student working in a special needs public school classroom.