Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship

2024 Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to our winners who exemplify Kota's integrity, bravery, character and spirit. 

Charlie Rae Mitchell Foster
Hootie Van Kingsley
Isaac Alexander Wooden

Otsego Pride Alliance proudly offers The Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship, aimed at supporting students in pursuing their educational dreams. Applicants should self-identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, aged between 16 and 21, and be embarking on their first year of post-secondary education, whether in college, trade school, or a certificate program. Eligible candidates must be residents of one of the following NY counties; Otsego, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, or Schoharie.

This scholarship honors the memory of our friend, Kota Flood. Kota was ridiculously funny, using his often dark and inappropriate humor, to overcome pain and bring joy to others.  Rarely without his skateboard, he was a fearless and highly skilled athlete, tackling every challenge head-on. Whether flipping, climbing trees, or executing crazy tricks, Kota's bravery and determination were always clear.

His love for family and friends, whom he fiercely protected and cherished, was matched only by his love for animals, especially kitties! As an out and proud member of the queer community,  Kota was more than just a friend; he was a warrior. He had no tolerance for injustice or bigotry—fearlessly confronting prejudice, homophobia, and transphobia—inspiring all who knew him, making them feel safe and supported.

Though we miss him every day, Kota's legacy of love, courage, and laughter lives on in our hearts and  remains a beacon of inspiration, urging us to stand up, speak out, and embrace life with the same fearlessness and passion that he so brilliantly exemplified.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship are now Closed, please check back in January 2025!


Thank you for your support! Your donation will go directly to the Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship and support an LGBTQIA+ student in Otsego County.


Special Thanks

Thank you to Wise Guys Sammy’s in Oneonta, NY for their generous support to the Kota Flood Memorial Scholarship.