Kyle Kempen was a fun loving teenager who spent his time with friends and playing sports. He exemplified the example of being a good sport by showing good sportsmanship at every turn. Although he disliked homework, he loved school and knew the importance of a good education. Our house rule was that you must have a 3.0 GPA or sit the bench. Kyle never sat the bench!
With the help of family and friends the Kyle Kempen Memorial Scholarship was established. The scholarship is open to any senior at Bruce High School who is furthering their education. It is awarded to worthy recipients who show promise in their future and write a compelling essay about their experiences in sports and sportsmanship. Applicants must have an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be accepted to a college or technical school. The scholarship, which can vary in amount from year to year, is awarded in the recipient’s second semester of their first year. Scholarship applications can be obtained at the Bruce School Office.
After years of fundraising to build the principal, the scholarship fund was transferred from the Bruce High School to the Rusk County Community Foundation in 2019. Since that time, the Foundation, with its excellent management, has continued to help oversee the growth of the principal. With a total of over $50,000, the Kyle Kempen Scholarship is ensured to help Bruce Seniors for years to come.