The Keith Nygaard Memorial Scholarship was established in the fall of 2016 to honor the legacy of late Keith Nygaard, "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, 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.
Since the scholarship was established, Jamal Blassingale (2017), Hanalei Lintag (2017), Malia Odekirk (2018), Emily Soder (2018), Jamal Blassingale (2019) and Matt Boyle (2019) have been recipients.