Applications now open for Brian Keck Memorial Scholarship

by USA Wrestling

We are thrilled to announce the Brian Keck Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Brian Keck, a remarkable individual who, like you, possessed a true passion for wrestling. Brian was a HS state champion and a senior national team member. He also was so very thankful for his father who adopted him at the age of 15. Brian was proud of his accomplishments and thankful for his eventual opportunity in life to have a family. Before his passing in 2019, Brian worked tirelessly for 12 years to make this tournament a success and provide athletes with the opportunity to compete against the best in the nation. This scholarship is a tribute to Brian's enduring legacy in the wrestling community and is exclusively open to high school seniors who share both his adopted background and his love for the sport of wrestling.

Eligibility Criteria:

Must be a high school senior who is both adopted and actively participating in wrestling.

Must be competing at the 2023 Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals & Boys National Recruiting Showcase

Must exemplify the qualities of determination, sportsmanship, and a commitment to making a positive impact.

Must have a proven academic record of excellence.

Must be accepted to or planning to apply to an accredited college, university, or vocational institution.

Must submit an essay detailing how your adoption journey and wrestling experiences reflect the qualities that Brian Keck represented.

Scholarship Details:

Scholarship Amount: $5000

Application Deadline: October 25th

Announcement of Recipient: October 29th, at the tournament

Application Requirements: Completed application form, official transcripts, and an essay.

How to Apply: To apply for the Brian Keck Memorial Scholarship, please visit our website at to access the online application form. Ensure you gather all required materials before beginning the application process. We encourage you to use the essay as an opportunity to showcase how your adoption journey and dedication to wrestling align with Brian's legacy of resilience, determination, and positive impact.

At USA Wrestling, we believe that stories like Brian's deserve recognition and support. This scholarship embodies our commitment to honoring those who have left a lasting impression on their communities.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Downey at

We eagerly anticipate receiving your applications and continuing the legacy of individuals who, like Brian Keck, have made a significant impact on both the wrestling community and the lives of those around them.


Registration caps have almost been met and divisions are close to selling out. Don’t miss your chance to part of this premier event! Below are the current registration numbers as of 2:30 PM MT on 10/6.

Registration Caps for 2023 Preseason Nationals/Boys National Recruiting Showcase: 

Boys National Recruiting Showcase, 9th-10th Grade Boys, 11th-12th Grade Boys
Registration Cap: 1,900

Currently Registered: 1166


7th-8th and 5th-6th Grade Boys
Registration Cap: 900

Currently Registered: 663

3rd-4th Grade Boys and 9th-12th Grade Girls
Registration Cap: 650
Currently Registered: 504

1st - 2nd Grade Boys and 1st-8th Grade Girls
Registration Cap: 300

Currently Registered: 264

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