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Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund and Pine Island Kiwanis award scholarships

June 19, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle


Last Tuesday evening, in a joint ceremony, the Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund and the Pine Island Kiwanis awarded 33 scholarships to island students - 14 were first-time winners.

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Bobby Holloway/Kiwanis scholarship winners.


Pine Island Elementary School Principal Steve Hook hosted the event at the school.

"Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'There is no limit to what one can accomplish if it doesn't matter who gets the credit,'" Hook said. "That is definitely the case for this year's scholarship program. These two organizations, Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund and the Pine Island Kiwanis, model kindness and caring, and have a heart for island kids and families."

"This is the first time that two organizations joined together for a scholarship program," Kiwanis President Carlyn Herring said. "The Kiwanis wanted to join forces with the Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund because we felt that by pooling our money we would be able to make a bigger difference in these kids education."

Each of the organizations raises money in different ways. The Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund holds an annual fishing contest, held in March, to raise their scholarship money. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island raises its scholarship money through sponsors.

Herring read off the list of Kiwanis scholarship sponsors: Angles Hair Design, Buzzy Phillips, Dynamic South, GPIWA, Honc Industries, Pine Island Pest Control, Pine Island Realty, Soaring Eagle, Lisa and Jay Benton, Doug Kruger, Mike Shevlin, Ila & Frank ValCarcel, Tonya & Scott Player and Bonnie & Roger Nuhn.

"There were also a number of sponsors that wanted to remain anonymous," Herring said. "We thank them all."

"This year's scholarship program is based on "Pine Island math," Hook said. "Where one plus plus equals three. In academic circles, where you are headed, it's better known as synergy. Synergy is defined as 'when the cooperation of two or more organizations produces a combined effect greater than the sum of their parts.' Translation: one plus plus equals three."

A special presentation was made by Nichole McQuade, the former owner of Sandy Hook Restaurant.

McQuade presented a plaque to the Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund for its support of the islands' Little League. She also announced that in the spring the Little League will officially retire #7 (Bobby Holloway's number) from the roster.

Hannah Holloway received a special presentation from Cabbage Key and the Wells family of $3,000.

"I hope this is the first of many annual joint scholarship receptions" Herring said. "Our goal was to make a bigger difference and that has certainly come true because we were able this year to award scholarships in amounts we never have before. It's my dream that we can bring other organizations into a single group."

The scholarship committee included Hook, Herring, Jenn Bolsch, Monica Renz, Nick Moore, Jane Moore, Summer Dooley, Jenn Erickson and Lisa Benton.

Scholarship winners

NamePlace of study

Dana Beck FSU

Alaina Bollen UF

Alex Boyd Ringling

Kaylee Lynn Brillhart Duke

Jennifer Bryan Rasmussen

Hannah Bryan UF

Emma Ciccoria FSW

Noah Ciccoria FSW

Mackenly Davis Flagler College

Kyle Deak Lee County Sheriff's Office

Ruddy Ditch UF

Andrea Gonzalez Fort Myers Tech

Michelle HardyFGCU

Jessica Hill UF

Kaylin Hill UCF

Hannah Holloway Georgia Southwestern State

Noah Hyde FSW

Briana Jackson High Point University

Georgia McCrea Ringling

Jessy McClean Emory University

Mia Nelson Connecticut Collage

Brittany Newman FSW

Keller Nocera-Smith Virginia Military Institute

Armando Perez FSW

Brandon Alan Pearson UF

Erin Post Florida Southern College

Anonda Rapp FSU

Cheyanna Rentsch Georgia College

Julia Robertson UF

Katelyn RossmanUF

Catheryn Rossman UF

Kyle Skau Greensboro College

Brandon Tinger FSW



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