By Ralph Tweedie, Manotick Kiwanis Club
School is out, but it’s just the beginning. High school graduates are preparing for their next stage. Going on to a higher education is a common but very expensive next step. At Kiwanis we try to help.
This year we gave three $2,500 scholarships to a student at each of the following High Schools:
- St. Francis Xavier High school in Riverside South,
- St. Mark High School in Manotick and
- South Carleton High School in Richmond.
The recipient of these awards is selected by the individual school based on merit and are for students going on to post secondary education.
We also presented $500 scholarships to four deserving Key Club graduates who are going to college or university.
The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada sponsors the Mel Osborne Scholarship. This award is for Kiwanis Service Leadership Club members recognized for their commitment to community service. Each Kiwanis Club in Canada may sponsor individuals for this award to a maximum of $500. Manotick Kiwanis awarded the $500 Mel Osborne Award for Outstanding Achievement to Avery Brazier, the graduating co-president of the St. Mark’s Key Club.
This year Avery was valedictorian and recipient of the St. Mark Award of Excellence in addition to receiving the $500 Key Club scholarship, the Mel Osborne Award, and the $2,500 Kiwanis Club of Manotick Scholarship. Way to go Avery!
It was a great year for graduating Key Clubbers at St. Mark High School. Amber Lambert received the Greely Lions Club Award. Emily Collins received the Be Community Award and the Lieutenant Governor Community Volunteer Award.
We also encourage Key Club members to continue their relationship with the Kiwanis family. Graduating Key Club Members are invited to join a local Kiwanis Club. Their membership fees are covered for the first two years after graduation.
The first annual Community Service Award for Cadets was presented to Master Bombardier Colin Lakatos of the 2958 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
As a fitting end to this Key Club year, Key Club members marching in the Dickinson Days parade collected donations to support relief for Ukrainian Refugees. A cheque for $564 was presented to the Manotick Legion’s support for the “House to Home” program.
School is out, but planning for next year is well underway.
Featured photo: St. Mark student Avery Brazier accepts her Kiwanis Key Club scholarship award.