Scholarship Remembering a Child’s Strength

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The Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to memorialize a child’s battle with several heart complications. Keegan did not beat these complications, but his family wants to remember his strength and courage by offering a scholarship to a student that has fought a similar conflict and won.

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation (CSF) has recently announced a new scholarship created to memorialize a child’s battle with several heart complications. Keegan Scot Southers did not beat these complications, but his family wants to remember his strength and courage by offering a scholarship to a student that has fought a similar conflict and won.

Keegan was born July 8, 2009 with his twin, Wyatt. Keegan was a bouncing baby boy that loved to play and laugh with his family. The only thing that made Keegan different was that he was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome, Complete Heart Block and Tetralogy of Fallot. Four days after he was born he received a pacemaker. Eight months later, he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and spent time in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before being placed on the heart transplant list. Although he fought bravely, his little heart couldn’t hold out, and he passed away on July 25, 2010.

Keegan’s family wants to assist students who have overcome a similar battle in reaching their goals of higher education. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must show proof that they have been diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease and/or received a heart transplant. Students also must be from the Greater Cincinnati area (within the I-275 loop) with proven financial need. The applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student at a college or university and must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Also required is a complete CSF application, which can be found at http://www.CincinnatiScholarshipFoundation.org with a recommendation letter from a guidance counselor, if currently in high school, or a professor, if currently in college.

“Keegan’s family has been through a lot of joy and turmoil in the past few years. Little Keegan was such a gift, strong and courageous through all of his medical visits. He had a zest for life and loved his family. The Southers family is offering hope to those that have lived through the same trials as their son did. The opportunity to continue on to college is such a milestone for each of these young men and women,” comments Ned Hertzenberg, CSF President.

The Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund application is due to the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation by April 30. Board members of the Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund, with the aid of the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, will determine the amount and recipient of the scholarship; however, it will be at least $500 per academic year. This fund is supported through Keegan’s Spirit Walk that will take place September 10, 2011 at Woodland Mound Park off Kellogg Avenue. Registration is free and will begin at 10 a.m. Donations are not required but are appreciated. To be a part of the Spirit Walk, go to their website http://keegansouthers.org/KeeganSpiritWalk.aspx. Sponsorships and in-kind donations are available please contact Keegan’s Dad, Bruce Southers for more information.

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation has been supporting students in their goals of going on to achieve a higher education for over 90 years. For more information on the Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation or how to create a scholarship fund, visit http://www.CincinnatiScholarshipFoundation.org or call 513.345.6701. To learn more about Keegan’s brave story and the decision to create this memorial scholarship, visit http://www.KeeganSouthers.org.

About Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation
The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1918. The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation continues to be the premier scholarship foundation in Greater Cincinnati, administering college scholarships on behalf of local businesses, corporations, individuals and other area foundations. By reaching out to motivated and deserving students who have limited financial resources, the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation helps to provide the means to attend college and the opportunity to realize their dreams. Scholarships include the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund, the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund and the Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund. Visit http://www.CincinnatiScholarshipFoundation.org for a complete listing.

For an interview with Ned Hertzenberg, Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation president, please contact Julie(at)mahanadvertising(dot)com or call 513.321.6632.

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