Kiwanians give record amount in scholarships

Mukilteo club awards total $21,000 to 21 graduating seniors
By Nicholas Johnson | Jun 14, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo were honored June 7 during a breakfast reception at Harbour Pointe Golf Club.

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo this year awarded scholarships to 21 graduating seniors totaling $21,000 – more than in any previous year.

“We’re very proud of the selections we’ve made this year,” club member Tom Nielsen said during a reception Wednesday morning, June 7, at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club.

A committee of six sorted through some 65 applications this year, selecting 21 students, each of whom received a $1,000 scholarship.

The recipients include 10 students from Mariner High School, eight from Kamiak, two from ACES and one from the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center.

Those from Mariner include Kaira Eleuterio, Amanda Heather Huiatt, Samantha Cuneta, Isabelle Alicia Mills, Anna Y. Tun Naing, Tessa Nida, Melissa Irene Sunuh, Loni Tra, Honglam Van and William Kevin Castro.

Those from Kamiak include Devonna-Nicole Abilo, Sofia Ayala, Anna Renee Baltrukovicz, Kayla Marie Benson, Erin Mackenzie Dahl, Naomie Kristen Lee, John Robert McManis and Paul Michael Salas.

Those from ACES include Gracie Michelle Smith and Hayley Annette Harden, as well as Ana Maigarita Cive Henriquez of Sno-Isle.

The selection committee included Nielsen, Ron Johnson, Scott Whelpley, Wendy Eidbo, Dana Wilbur and Gladys Hanson.

Nielsen said nearly all the recipients had been members of their school’s Kiwanis Key Clubs and all had an impressive record of community service.

“That’s one of the important things we look for when we’re selecting the recipients for our scholarships,” Nielsen said.

Recipients had volunteered their time with dozens of organizations and events, including Providence Medical Center in Everett, the Mukilteo Food Bank, the Mukilteo Library Teen Advisory Board, the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club, the Edmonds Soup Kitchen, the American Red Cross, as well as classrooms, churches, museums, charity fundraisers and more.

Recipients are planning to attend schools such as the University of Washington, Western Washington University, Stanford University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, Wellesley College, Seattle Pacific University, Arizona State University, Pacific University and Everett Community College.

They’ll major in subjects such as engineering, biology, business, English, math, chemistry, cosmetology, computer science and international relations.

The club has awarded some $84,000 in scholarships to Mukilteo seniors over the past 12 years. Selection is based on a student’s combined record of citizenship, academic achievement and voluntary community service.

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