Hagerstown Kiwanis Club presents scholarships to seven graduating seniors

July 16, 2012
  • The Hagerstown Kiwanis Club presented scholarships to graduating high school seniors at its May 10 meeting. Front row, from left, Ariel Dick of North Hagerstown High School; and Donald Day, Kiwanis Club president. Second row, from left, Brian Tedrick, Kiwanis Club member and chairman of the scholarship committee; Elizabeth Eich of St. Maria Goretti High School; Kitty Dayhoff-Fischel, scholarship co-sponsor; Bryce Boyd of Heritage Academy; Umar Mahmood of South High; John Kitchen of South High; Robert Martin of Heritage Academy; and Michael Gardner, Kiwanis Club member.
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The Hagerstown Kiwanis Club awarded seven scholarships to graduating high school seniors at its May 10 meeting. 

The scholarships are presented annually to area students as part of the club’s commitment to young people in the community. This year’s scholarships totaled $7,000.

Five $600 scholarships were awarded to Key Club members from North and South Hagerstown high schools and Heritage Academy. Key Clubs are the high school arm of the Kiwanis Club.

Scholarships are based on academic accomplishments, extracurricular activity and financial consideration.

This year’s winners are Ariel Dick from North High; Stephanie Swope and John Kitchen from South High; and Bryce Boyd and Robert Martin from Heritage Academy.

The Atlee C. Kepler Scholarship, established in 1993 to recognize Kepler’s 33 years of service to the community as administrative leader of Hagerstown Junior College, and longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, was awarded to Umar Mahmood of South High. 

Umar has held leadership roles in many school organizations and was named to the distinguished honor roll every semester of his high school career. Umar will attend Syracuse University in the fall, pursuing a biomedical sciences degree.   

The John R. Dayhoff Scholarship, for $2,000, was awarded to Elizabeth Eich from St. Maria Goretti High School. The scholarship, established in 1997 in memory of club member John Dayhoff, is awarded annually to a graduate who plans to pursue a career in a health-related field. Elizabeth will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall and major in premed biology. Elizabeth is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She has been active in school organizations, and played several varsity sports. 

Kitty Dayhoff-Fischel, Dayhoff’s widow, sponsors a portion of the scholarship.

The Kiwanis Club has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors for more than 40 years. The club has distributed scholarships totaling $38,400 since 2000.

The club meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. 

For membership information, call 301-223-4123.

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