Kiwanis Club of LaBelle awards 2019 scholarships

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The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle presented scholarships to LaBelle High School Seniors on Thursday, May 9 at Beef O’Brady’s. A total of 14 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships totaling $18,350. The scholarships are awarded annually to any graduating student at LaBelle High School that completes the application and attends the interview process by the Foundation committee. The awards are based on GPA, application and essay, community service, interview, financial need and years of being a Key Club member.

The LaBelle Kiwanis Foundation has awarded between $15,000 and $27,000 to LaBelle High School Students since 2008 based on funds available from net sales at the Kiwanis Thrift Store and number of students applying. We have distributed over $245,000 in monies to our graduating students and students continuing their education or adults starting their education since 2008. The awards that are not collected by the seniors within four years of their award are disbursed to students that apply for our Adult Scholarship in the summer.

The LaBelle Kiwanis Foundation was established in 1987 and began awarding scholarships to LaBelle High School students in the early 1990’s. As a community, it is important to remember that your donations and purchases at the LaBelle Kiwanis Thrift Store is vital. These funds are given back to this community and most of all to our local youth.

The LaBelle Kiwanis Club is always looking for new members that have a passion for kids and the community. Meetings are held at Beef O’Brady’s on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. Please attend a meeting and see if you would like to join the club and make a difference in our community!! Visit labellekiwanis.com for more information, or look for them on Facebook!

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