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Kiwanis award 5,000 in scholarships

June 15, 2007

The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown continued a long tradition of recognition of high school students last month by awarding $5,000 in scholarships to students from Williamsport, North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools.

The John R. Dayhoff Scholarship is given in memory of deceased member John R. Dayhoff, with the support of his widow, Kitty Dayhoff Fishel. It is awarded to a deserving high school student who will pursue an education in a medical field.

This year's winner is Javier Frank Mercado, of Williamsport High School. He plans to study physical therapy at Hagerstown Community College, and transfer to Fordham University.

The Dr. Atlee C. Kepler Scholarship is awarded in recognition of Kiwanian Kepler's role in education in the area.

The 2007 scholarship was awarded to Erica Carolyn Hernandez, of Clear Spring High School. Hernandez is to attend Penn State University, with a major in journalism and broadcasting.

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Each scholarship is for $1,500.

The selection process involves an alphabetical rotation based on the names of the high schools in the county. Applications are reviewed, and a winner selected by the Kiwanis Clubs Scholarship Committee.

Additionally, the club recognizes members of the Key Club programs at South Hagerstown High School, and North Hagerstown High Schools with individual $500 scholarships.

Key Clubs are sponsored by Kiwanis clubs at area high schools to provide opportunities for leadership development and community service.

These scholarships were awarded to Elizabeth Plume, Jill P. Shah and Rebecca J. Lloyd, of North's Key Club; and Jessica Meagher, of South's Key Club.

Plume plans to attend Hagerstown Community College before transferring to a four-year program, and is to major in early childhood education. Meagher is to attend Virginia Intermont College to major in equine studies. Lloyd is to attend James Madison University specializing in neonatal nursing. Shah is to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, and focus on a career in medical research.

The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown was formed in 1921. Meetings are held Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at Richardson's Restaurant.

Money for scholarships and many other youth organizations are raised through the club's annual Rose Day, the Kiwanis Travelogue and through basket bingos.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club should contact Fred Nugent, membership chair, at 301-739-9325.

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