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Kiwanis awards more scholarships

July 4, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Greater Pine island Kiwanis awarded 20 college scholarships for 2018. At its weekly meeting two weeks ago, the club awarded the first five scholarships to Pine Island students and last Wednesday, the club awarded six more scholarships. The balance will be mailed to scholarship winners.

"The Kiwanis is all about the kids," Carlyn Herring said. "Whether we do pool parties, which cost us $200, or college scholarships that we've given away in the neighborhood of $400,000, we're proud of what we do for the Pine Island community."

For many years the Kiwanis raised the annual scholarship funds with the Taste of Pine Island event in Phillips Park. Unfortunately a few years ago Southwest Florida was subject to record rainfall and Kiwanis was forced to cancel the event twice.

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Last week’s Kiwanis scholarship recipients included, from left, Nicholas Bowyer, Jerilynn Rossman, Catherine Rossman, Andrea Gonzalez, Katelyn Rossman and Noah Cicoria.


"Since the Taste of Pine Island was cancelled, we asked the local businesses to contribute to our scholarship program," Herring said. "And, as always, the community of Pine Island rallied behind Kiwanis and what we do for Pine Island. In the last two years we have solicited funds and support from the business community and anonymous donors and we've raised between $20,000 and $22,000 both years and that is awesome.

"The Kiwanis Scholarship committee is one of the few committees that interviews each scholarship applicants," Herring continued. "I can tell you that it's one of the most impressive things to sit at the table with these young people."

The six students present to receive their scholarships included.:

- Nicholas Bowyer, who will be attending Florida Southwestern College for bioengineering.

"Nicholas was a scholarship winner last year but was unable to attend," Herring said. "Nicholas has gone through a lot to get here and we congratulate you on your perseverance."

- Andrea Gonzalez, who will be attending Florida Southwestern.

"I'm the first one in my family to go to college," Gonzalez said. "This is going to be a new experience. I'm going for nursing and I hope to make a change in the world."

- Emma Cicoria, who is attending Florida Southwestern College, and her twin brother, Noah Cicoria, who will attend Florida College and then plans to go in to the military and "figure it out from there".

- Gerilynn Rossman, who is attending the University of Florida and has received scholarships from the Kiwanis for three or four years.

"I am a biological engineering major with a minor in biomechanics." Rossman said. "My ultimate career goals are to work in biomedical engineering to design prosthetics and artificial organs."

- Cathryn Rossman, who is attending the University of Florida studying applied physiology to become a physical therapist.

- Katie Rossman, who is also attending the University of Florida and is considering psychology.

All of the students thanked the Kiwanis for the scholarship money.

The 2018 Scholarship Committee consists of Carlyn Herring (chairperson), Tonya Player, Nick and Jane Mohar, and Paul and Nichole Pichon. Scholarship committee member Tonya Player introduced the scholarship winners.

The sponsors for 2018 are Angles Hair Design, Blue Dog Bar and Grill, BNWC Properties, Buzzy Phillips,

Andrea & Dave Cambio, Century 21 Sunbelt, Chuck's Auto Repair, Cynthia & David Darsch, Diane Cammick, Dynamic South, Florida Marine Construction, Fruitscapes, GPIWA, Honc Industries, Doug Kruger, Susan McGuire, Palmco, Pine Island Plumbing, Pine Island Realty, Raymond Saiya, Christine & Malte Sallstrom, Saltwater Smokehouse, Soaring Eagle, Spyrnal & Associates, Centennial Bank, Ila ValCarcel, White Boot Seafood Company and several anonymous donors."

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time," Mike Shevlin said. "We're in our 41st year this year and since we started the Pine Island Kiwanis has awarded something like $400,000 in scholarships. Each community has its own special needs and we serve the children of Pine island."

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



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