This endowment was started by the loving family of Russ Keen. Russ, who was a reporter for the Aberdeen News for many years, covered numerous school matters and events. His sister, Mary Keen, explains, “Russ loved reporting and journalism. Our family wanted to pay tribute to our deeply missed brother and knew he would have enjoyed helping instill a love of journalism for future generations.”

Dr. Gary Harms, past Superintendent of Aberdeen Public Schools stated, “I’m overwhelmed and thankful that Russ’ memory will continue to live on at the Aberdeen Public Schools. He was such a fixture at our events and meeting, and still deeply missed. We are grateful for the gift that will forever provide wonderful scholarship opportunities to our alumni.”

In honor of Russ' love of reporting and journalism, the Aberdeen American News donates annually to match the endowed scholarship amount.  

The Russ Keen Memorial Endowment Scholarship is open to any Aberdeen Central High School senior or alumnus in their freshman, sophomore or junior in college, pursuing a degree in Communications or Journalism.

The deadline to apply for the Russ Keen Memorial Scholarship is April 1.
Please click here to access the application.

As of December 31, 2023. . .
The Russ Keen Memorial Scholarship Endowment balance has reached $16,449!

For more information, or to contribute to the Russ Keen Memorial Scholarship Endowment, please contact the Foundation Office at 605-725-7118 or