The Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club awarded its annual scholarships at the weekly meeting Monday.
Club officials say academics, community service, need, an applicant letter and letters of recommendation are all taken into account when selecting recipients. Each was asked to share with the group what service meant to them.
The Claire Faust Designated Scholarship was presented to Grace Ellingworth, a senior at Loyola High School. She said, “Service has impacted me because I think it’s just so important to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities and to know that I can make a difference in someone’s life through service and just by being kind.”
The Hal Burke Designated Scholarship went to Javeriah Chughtai of Mankato West High School, who said, “I truly understand the importance of giving back, especially when the community has done so much for me, and my community for sure has done way more than I expected.”
Naomi Lopez of Mankato West High School received the Mankato Kiwanis Education Foundation Designated Scholarship. She explained, “Volunteerism is very, very important to me personally. We have family impacted by Hurricane Maria and just being able to volunteer, even though it doesn’t directly help them it helps give me a sense of peace in giving back to the community that gave me so much.”
The Circle K Outstanding Student Service Scholarship was given to Briana Sieve of Minnesota State University, Mankato, who was unable to attend the ceremony.