The Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 MCCF Keaton “KBuss” Bussell Memorial Scholarship, Paige Marie Triplett, a 2020 graduate from Montgomery High School. This scholarship supports her first semester at Baylor University where she is seeking a degree in Interior Design.
This scholarship was established by Keaton Bussell’s family and friends in memory of Keaton Anthony Bussell who graduated from Montgomery High School in May 2018 and passed away shortly after graduation. From a young age, Keaton earned the nickname “KBuss” by all those who loved him. As a student athlete, he excelled at football and baseball. He had a passion for the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He showed his passion for fishing as an active member of the Angler’s Club. He also excelled academically, earning 32 hours of college credit before his high school graduation. Keaton was known to be friends with everyone he encountered. His contagious smile was as well-known as his servant heart and kindness towards others. He never met a stranger. For his graduation essay, Keaton wrote, “Life is hard but living life with perseverance helps us grown into stronger, more rounded individuals. In my senior year I’ve learned that my mistakes don’t define me, they have molded me to becomes stronger and more well-rounded.” Keaton’s family and friends want his legacy to be based on the last line of Keaton’s Bearbacker message, “No matter how hard it gets, don’t give up.”
The scholarship in not intended for the student with the highest GPA but rather for the student who along with academic performance demonstrations leadership, motivation, character, ability, citizenship, and potential similar to Keaton’s qualities. Ms. Triplett checked all those boxes. She ranked 37th in her very competitive class earning Academic Letters in both 2019 and 2020. She was a leader as an elected officer in the Montgomery High School Student Council, National Honor Society, and Art Club. She was a MHS Spirit Leader and a member of Club Impact and Mu Alpha Theta. The MSH Student Council recognized her dedication and hard work for the organization with the Student Council G.O. A.T. Award. Outside of school, she earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for her volunteer community service work at the Conroe Animal Shelter.
The family and friends of Keaton are proud to award this scholarship in his memory to Ms. Triplett. She keeps Keaton’s spirit alive in our community. The Keaton “KBuss” Bussell Memorial Scholarship is available to Montgomery High School graduating seniors. Interested students should contact their school counselor for the application in the spring of 2021.
Montgomery County Community Foundation unites donors’ passions with the future by creating legacies that improve the quality of life of Montgomery County residents through post high school scholarships and support of non-profits serving Montgomery County. To find out more about MCCF, go to www.mccfoundation.org or call Julie Martineau at 281.367.8158. .