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Seven students receive Kiwanis scholarships

June 28, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Greater Pine Island Kiwanis awarded 7 scholarships to local students last Wednesday morning at its weekly meeting. This brings this year's total to 13 scholarships.

After opening the meeting, club president Mike Shevlin announced that the Pine Island Kiwanis is celebrating its 40th year and announced the first ever Mango Drop to be held at the 2017 Mango Mania July 15 and 16 at the German American Club.

Shevlin read two letters from last week's scholarship winners: Natalie Hill and Brooke Benjamin. Both letters thanked the Kiwanis for their scholarship funds.

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The scholarship winners included, from left, Armando Perez, Gerilynn Rossman, Cathy Rossman, Katie Rossman, Emma Cocoria, Halle Talbot and Brandon Pearson.


For many years the Kiwanis raised the scholarship funds with the Taste of Pine Island event. Unfortunately last year Southwest Florida was subject to record rainfall and Kiwanis was forced to cancel the event twice.

"Since the Taste of Pine Island has been cancelled, the local businesses and individuals have stepped up," Scholarship Committee Chairperson Carlyn Herring said. "Kiwanis is only spearheading the process of handing out these scholarships. It's the community that has helped us raise over $21,000 to give out today."

The 2017 Scholarship Committee consists of Herring, Tonya Player, Nick and Jane Moore, Susan McGuire and Buzzy Phillips.

Herring introduced the scholarship winners.

"We carefully go through each application and interview all first time applicants," Herring said. "I can't tell you how rewarding it is to talk to these young people they are incredible. Each and every one of you bring so much to the table and have so much ahead of you. Thank you so much."

The remaining seven of the thirteen 2017 Kiwanis scholarship winners received their scholarship certificates and checks.

* Halle Talbot, Georgia Southwestern State, will study Special Education.

* Gerilynn Rossman, University of Florida, studying biomedical engineering.

* Armando Perez, first scholarship award to one of the Beacon's GED graduates. Plans on attending Florida Southwestern and eventually becoming an attorney.

* Brandon Pearson - received the Wood-Moore scholarship. Will be attending the University of Florida to study computer science.

* Emma Cicoria, received the B. Moore scholarship. Will be attending Florida Southwest State College majoring in education.

* Cathy Rossman, received the Mary Ann Krueger scholarship, attending University of Florida, studying pre-med

* Katy Rossman, also received the Mary Ann Krueger scholarship, attending University of Florida, studying pre-med.

The 2017 sponsors included both individuals and businesses are Lisa and Jay Benton, Buzzy Phillips, Greater Pine Island Water Company, Mel Meo, Pine Island Pest Control, Spyrnal and Associates, Susan McGuire, Doug Kruger, Honc Industries, Mike Faulkner, Bert's Bar, Pine Island Realty, Island Girl Fitness, Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, King Ranch, Mike Shevlin, Christine and Malte Sallstrom, Saltwater Smokehouse, Chuck's Auto Repair, Dynamic South, PalmCo., Fruitscapes, Diane Cammick and Charlie Garcia.

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time," Herring said. "Since we started the Pine Island Kiwanis has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships. It's things like this that is the whole reason we all live and love Pine Island."

The Great Pine Island Kiwanis meets at Bert's Bar, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, every Wednesday at 8 a.m.



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