More than $6,000 raised for Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Scholarship

With seven teams and 28 golfers at the initial Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Golf Tournament held August 15 in Lawrence, KS, $6,185 was raised for the Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Scholarship at Cowley College.

Gavin Kreidler, a close friend of Hilderbrand’s and the one who established the scholarship, put on the tournament which featured 17 sponsors.

“I was happy with how the first tournament went, but also have done some thinking on what we could do better for next year,” Kreidler said. “I think over the course of two or three years this will turn into something really special and hopefully raise a substantial amount of money for the scholarship fund.”

After graduating from Purcell (OK) High School in May of 2007, Eli Hilderbrand enrolled at Cowley College in Arkansas City, KS where he was studying to be a massage therapist. He immersed himself into the college where he was co-founder of the Multicultural Student Union and played intramural sports. He was also employed at the Cowley College Wellness Center.

Tragically, Hilderbrand lost his life in an apartment fire on October 2, 2007.

Dr. Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, said the Cowley College Foundation is truly grateful to all of the participants and sponsors who made the first annual Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Golf Tournament a shining success.

“With over $6,000 raised this first year we have been able to award four additional scholarships this fall,” Dr. Gregg said. “We are excited that others see the value of a college education and understand that for many students, that goal is simply not a financial possibility. This scholarship will continue to lift up our students and change their lives, which embodies the impact Eli had during his time here at Cowley.”