“I’m really excited and just ready to concentrate and dig in,” Keokenchanh-Canoles said.

Keokenchanh-Canoles, who will graduate from South Sioux City High School with a 3.9 GPA this May, intends to study kinesiology and exercise science in order to pursue additional post-bachelor education in physical therapy. His favorite class in high school is chemistry.

He was also a standout high school football player earning all-district football honors playing defensive back and quarterback. He credited football with helping him succeed in academics.

“You had to have good grades to play,” he said. “The same work ethic you have in football you have to apply to school.”

He said he likes that USD is close to home, but also the people he’s already met on campus.

“Everyone on my visit was really friendly and just stopped and said hi,” he said.

The Kind World Foundation, founded by Norm Waitt Jr., has awarded more than $2 million to hundreds of high school students from Sioux City high schools. The Kind World Foundation began administering the scholarship program taking lead from the Waitt Foundation in 2009.

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