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Keith West Memorial Fund

Keith West lived with compassion and care as cornerstone characteristics of his personality. Upon graduation from high school as a three time Iowa state champion and a finalist at the 2000 NSDA National Tournament in Congressional Debate, Keith went to college to pursue his future as an educator, coach, and scholar. Keith dedicated his life to coaching and teaching youth in the ways of argumentation and debate. 

To honor Keith West’s life and legacy, his family and friends have established a school grant and two student scholarships.

Keith West - Sterner Lifetime Service Award

Keith West Memorial School Grant

Keith believed that speech and debate could unleash a student’s true potential. In order to ensure more students have access to speech and debate, the Keith West Memorial School Grant will provide a $5,000 grant to one school each year that shows strong potential, but significant lack of financial resources.

Keith West Memorial Student Scholarships

Keith was always ready to offer someone help. In keeping with his life, each year two seniors will be selected to receive $1,000 college scholarships each. Both winning students will demonstrate a commitment to speech and debate, academics, and the NSDA Honor Code. One of the two scholarships will also be need-based.  

In its inaugural year, four individual students will be recognized. Each year after that, two students will be selected. Scholarship applications will be open in Fall of 2021 with announcement of the inaugural four winners in spring of 2022.