Deutser scholarship honors Army veteran, former TKE

The father of a Northwestern State University graduate created a scholarship in his memory. The Joel David Deutser Memorial Scholarship will be presented annually to a student in any major with a 2.5 or better grade point average with preference given to a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Deutser attended Trabuco Hills High school in Mission Viejo, California, where he played football. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Ranger for four years. He learned about Northwestern State while stationed at Fort Polk and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was active in Tau Kappa Epsilon where, being a few years older, he mentored many of his fraternity brothers. He also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academic Program in 2013.

At the time of his death, Deutser was head of human resources at Diabetes Management where he raised money for diabetes-related causes.