Forty AAPS students each received a post-high school academic scholarships of $1000 from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor during an awards program and luncheon Monday. The philanthropy is thought to be the largest, one day contribution by a non-profit organization to the AAPS students for scholarships.
“On behalf of the Ann Arbor Public schools family, I wish to extend my deep appreciation to the members of the Kiwanis Club for their care and support of our young people, our community and our future,” said Superintendent Jeanice Swift, in a statement. “It is inspiring that this group recognizes and rewards our students for academic achievement as well as exemplifies the rewards of community service. We hope that by this example, our young people will carry on this fine tradition of study and service as they grow into productive adults.”
Each student recipient, their counselor and parent, were invited to attend the occasion, which has evolved into a traditional event by the Kiwanis club.
The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor was chartered in 1921 and is a major financial contributor to community non-profit organizations and a champion recycler of household items through its weekly Thrift Sale of reusable goods.
Winners were chosen by their school counselors for their character, leadership, community service, academic performance, promotion of racial/ethnic understanding and participation in the KEY CLUB at their schools.