The Keith Nygaard Memorial Scholarship was established in the Fall of 2016 by the request of his parents. According to his friends, Keith was "an incredible musician who brought so much joy to this world by inspiring hundreds of young marching musicians to follow their dreams."
Keith was from Colorado Springs, Colorado and was a member of the Doherty High School marching band where he led young new musicians in the art of marching music. He continued his passion as a performer for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, a world class performing arts ensemble, in 2012 and aged-out in 2015. Keith was a student at the Colorado School of Mines where he majored in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.
One of Keith's favorite quotes:
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Donations to the Keith Nygaard Memorial Scholarship are 100% tax-deductible and will benefit future members of the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble. Donations must be received by December 31st to be considered for that season's scholarship recipient.