Clifton Bidwell, a recently graduated senior at Cleveland High School, was chosen for the prestigious scholarship. Bidwell plans to attend Lee University.
Scott Kanavos, current exalted ruler of the Cleveland Elks Lodge No. 1944, presented the scholarship to Bidwell.
Keyser was a prominent entrepreneur who owned several businesses in the area, including a chain of Firestone stores. After retirement, he became involved with the Cleveland Elks Lodge No. 1944.
“During Warren’s time with the Cleveland Elks No. 1944, the lodge was known for having the best food in Cleveland,” said Steve Hixson, a friend of Keyser’s and a lodge member. “We also purchased the Rolling Hills Golf Course while Warren was involved and grew the club to over 1,000 members. Those were great times.”
After Keyser unexpectedly died due to a brain tumor, lodge members agreed to honor him with a scholarship trust. The trust stipulated that the annual scholarship would be given to a student who worked hard but may not have earned the best overall grades in his or her class.
After several years, the Lodge trustees voted that the scholarship would be awarded to the Cleveland Boys & Girls Club Annual Youth of the Year winner. The youth winner for 2014 was Bidwell.
“Clifton is a tremendous young man, and Warren would have been proud to have him as the recipient of this scholarship,” said Hixson. “He has overcome many challenges in his life, but is certain to have a great future.”