Braxton Kooser Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Application Deadline

February 24

Available Scholarships


About This Scholarship

This Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor an outstanding young man, Braxton Wells Kooser. Braxton was a Derby Panther in the second semester of his freshman year when he was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 14. Along with being a Derby Panther (football player), Braxton was a beloved son, adored brother, faithful Christian, Derby Tiger (baseball), trusted friend, and a Kansas State Wildcat through and through. Braxton’s loyalty to his family, his friends, his faith, his school, and his teammates was unmatched. We want to honor this young man by choosing a recipient who displays some of the same character traits and attributes that Braxton displayed: faith, integrity, dedication, teamwork, commitment, and perseverance.

• High School GPA of 3.0
• Participated in Derby High School Athletics
• Graduating from USD 260
• Attending Kansas State University

  • Derby High School

  • PDF of most recent high school transcript, titled “[Your Name] Transcript.”
  • One-page essay saved as “[Your Name] Essay” answering the prompt “The biggest
    challenge I’ve had to overcome in my life.”

• February 24: Application deadline.
• April: The recipient will be notified via email by the end of April.
• Mid-May: Derby Community Foundation Scholarship Reception to honor the recipient.
• June 15: Recipient must sign a scholarship agreement and provide college information. Check your email! CommunityGiving will verify that you are enrolled as a full-time student at the college. (Full-time enrollment is typically 12-16 credit hours)
• June: Inform your college that you have received the scholarship.
• September 1: Full payment will arrive at your college unless otherwise notified.

Apply For This Scholarship

Complete online application by February 24.