Kiwanis Club rewards student excellence

Kiwanis Club scholarship recipients - learners today, leaders tomorrow.

Kiwanis Club scholarship recipients – learners today, leaders tomorrow.

Vicki Baker

With its history of strong support of higher education, the Kiwanis Club Robson Ranch awards college scholarships and sponsorships of CKI (Circle K International, a college-based Kiwanis service organization) at Texas Women’s University (TWU). Since 2009, Kiwanis has financially committed $21,000 to 24 deserving TWU college students. The annual scholarships are based upon academic performance, service and leadership development.

This year, there were 53 candidates for consideration. In addition to club members Catherine Jenkins, Rick Porter and Karen Donohue, Executive Director of Student Development at Texas Women’s University Kyle Voyles offered his support and cooperation in vetting and selecting the winners from eligible university students. Kiwanis Club was thrilled to announce the three recipients of its 2019 Foundation Scholarships.

Outstanding student, Reighley Baugh, a Saginaw High School graduate, entered TWU in 2016 and is pursuing a career in government, focused on developing policy to stem the human trafficking problem facing our country. The next recipient, Abbey Harrison, a Lake Dallas High School graduate with special bilingual skills, also enrolled in TWU in 2016, majoring in nursing and plans to serve in the Texas public health arena. The third scholarship awardee, Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo graduated from Fazil-i-Omar school in Nigeria and has been a TWU student since 2015. Her goal is to pursue a Ph.D. and become a college professor.

In the history of the world, change often starts with young people who look at the world through fresh eyes. Today’s youth are our future world leaders. Congratulations Reighley Baugh, Abbey Harrison and Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo – you are our future! Want to play a role in helping define a better future for our community, our country and our world? Join the Kiwanis Club every first and third Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information, contact Ed Kerr at [email protected]