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Athletic Scholarships

Kenneth L. Adkison Memorial Scholarship (Football)
Kenny, as he was known to friends, attended Northwestern where he played football as a safety and was a First Team Academic All-American. Kenny graduated with degrees in Accounting and Economics from Northwestern. This scholarship was created by family and friends to honor Kenny’s life and the legacy he left for his children for generations to come. Applicants must be a student athlete, with preference given to football and golf players who are accounting or business majors.

Ava Keeney Basketball Scholarship (Women's basketball)
Growing up with three older brothers made Ava Jo (Thompson) Keeney (’90) an athlete. In 1988, Ava enrolled at Northwestern and was soon asked to join the Lady Rangers Basketball team at the age of 29. Sadly, Ava lost a 16-month battle with cancer on September 21, 2015, at the age of 56; however, her fighting spirit will be kept alive through the Ava Keeney Basketball Scholarship. This scholarship will ease the financial burden of college for another Lady Ranger basketball player.

Lavonn Meier-McKnight Memorial Scholarship
Lavonn McKnight was a long-time educator serving Alva Public Schools, Garber Public Schools, and Chisholm Public Schools. Before her retirement in 1991, McKnight served as the principal at Chisholm Elementary until 1981 and then principal of the combined Chisholm Elementary and Chisholm Junior High Schools. This scholarship was established by the McKnight family for the purpose of providing financial assistance to continuing student-athletes majoring in education.

Herb Niles Athletic Scholarship (Basketball)
The Herb Niles Athletic Scholarship was established in 2012 by Herb Niles, a 1954 graduate of Northwestern. After receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in industrial education, Herb attended graduate school and earned a master’s degree. He worked as an industrial arts teacher until he became a full-time farmer in 1974. His favorite pastime is attending Ranger basketball games. This scholarship supports Ranger basketball athletes in need of financial assistance who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Ranger Dugout Club/Brit Shuck Memorial Scholarship (Baseball)
The Ranger Dugout Club presents a scholarship to outstanding members of the Ranger baseball team. This scholarship was founded to benefit strong, positive team members of the Rangers. The scholarship was renamed the Ranger Dugout Club / Brit Shuck Scholarship in honor of Brit Shuck, a Ranger baseball player who passed away in 2015. The cofounders of the scholarship are Jake Kelln, ‘00, and Ryan Hintergardt, ’99, who hope this scholarship will honor Shuck and maintain pride in the Ranger baseball team. Applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Loyd Stout Baseball Scholarship 
This scholarship was established in 2012 by Loyd Stout, a former baseball, basketball, and football player at Northwestern. After a stint serving in WWII as a merchant mariner, Stout earned his degree from Northwestern in 1949, all while participating in sports and working over 40 hours a week doing odd jobs. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Northwestern continuing education baseball player.

Keith Vermillion Memorial Scholarship (Football)
The Keith Vermillion Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Keith, his life, and his legacy. The outpouring of gifts from Keith’s family and friends speaks to the immeasurable impact he had on those he knew. Keith was considered an excellent male role model in the classroom by his physical education students, their parents, and his teaching colleagues. Preference to this scholarship will be to a student-athlete who is either a punter or kicker for the Ranger football team or to a student majoring in Sports and Health Science.

Wes Wenzel Scholarship
This scholarship was funded to provide a living legacy for Joe Wesley Wenzel. Wes’ grandparents, Wesley Nighswonger and Opal Cowan graduated in the classes of 1907 and 1908. Wes completed his degree in biology/chemistry from Northwestern in 1965. His family is proud to continue his spirit and energy through the students chosen to receive this gift. Applicants must be continuing student-athletes majoring in agriculture or education.


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