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San-Cap Kiwanians Distribute
$37,000 In Scholarships
by Jeff Lysiak
On June 14, the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club distributed $37,000 in
scholarship funds to 21 award recipients during the club’s weekly membership
meeting, held at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club.
The Kiwanis Scholarship program is one of many educational programs
supported by the Kiwanis Foundation, in addition to other community service
activities of the club. Over the past 10 years, the program has distributed
$233,000 in scholarships. Funds to support these activities are raised by the
annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner and through sale of the club’s Diners Delight
Restaurant Coupon Books.
Last Tuesday morning, Kiwanians hosted some of the scholars along with family
members for breakfast and an awards ceremony.
“This is the first time we’ve had the scholarship winners with us here, so we’re
excited to see some of the faces along with your names,” said Bill Traum, co-chair
of the San-Cap Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship Program Committee. “Our focus is on
kids and our focus is on the islands, so we’re happy to give these scholarships to
people who have a strong connection to our islands.”
This year’s four-year scholarship awards ($3,000 each) were presented to
Analiese Aracri (University of Florida), Nicholas Caiazza (Westminster College),
Emily Cobain (Florida SouthWestern State College), Halli Anne Stufano (College of
William & Mary), Scotty Lynn Kelly (Rasmussen College), Julie Vargas (Florida Gulf
Coast University) and Eric Howell (TBD).
Also, one-year scholarship awards ($1,000 each) were presented to Kevin
R. Adams, Jr. (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University), Brooke Bothum (FGCU),
Dara Lynn Craig (Vanderbilt University), Jacob Crandon (Berry College), Dahlia
Lilleslatten (Rollins College), Lauren Lockard (Saint Anselm College), Allison
McMenamy (Florida State University), Colin Spencer Slocum (FSW), Nicolas Smith
(The Citadel), Joseph Spero (FSW), Maria (Mia) Swiersz (Anderson University),
Sarah Swiersz (University of Central Florida), Charles Wehrlen (FGCU) and
Madison Weigel (University of Florida).
Among this year’s awards, two scholarships were created to honor club
members Andy Schroeder and Bob Cheney, who recently passed away. Those
scholarships were given to Analiese Aracri and Erik Howell. In addition, three
Sam Bailey Islands Night Scholarships were handed out by Bailey’s General Store
general manager Richard Johnson. Those scholarships were awarded to Jacob
Crandon, Lauren Lockard and Sarah Swiersz.
“Sam Bailey started Islands Night, which was created to be all about kids and all
about this community,” said Johnson. “It’s great to have the Kiwanis Club support
our efforts with these scholarships.”
Deserving students who are residents of Sanibel and Captiva, or whose families
work on the islands, are eligible to apply for scholarship awards. Applications are
reviewed and judged by a panel of independent educational professionals – located
off-island – who have no connection to the applicants in order to assure objectivity.
For more information, visit http://sanibelkiwanis.org.
Sarah Swiersz, left, accepting one of
the Sam Bailey Islands Night Memorial
Scholarships handed out by Richard
Four-year scholarship recipient Scotty Lynn
Kelly, left, with Kiwanians Bill Traum and
Members of the San-Cap Kiwanis Club along with some of their 2016 scholarship recipients gathered last week at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club for an awards ceremony and breakfast
photos by Jeff Lysiak
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