Kiwanis Club awards $16,500 in scholarships

PORT ORCHARD — The Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard will award scholarships totaling $16,500 to eight graduating students from South Kitsap High School on Laurels Night June 1 at the school.

The students and their families also will be invited to attend the club’s scholarship luncheon on May 31.

“We had an impressive group of students apply, and we are pleased to offer eight scholarships for a total of $16,500,” said Don Grimes, chair of the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard Scholarship Committee. “I’m proud to say that our club awards the highest amount of scholarship money in the South Kitsap community.”

The recipients are:

Jacelynn Clifton, $3,500 Dr. Dewayne Gower Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship

Andrea Scolari, $3,000 Alice Watson Kiwanis Scholarship

Liliana Jones, $2,000 Tom Stansbery Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship

Angela Shin, $1,000 Lee Daly Kiwanis Distinguished Service Scholarship

Logan Tailleur, $2,000 Kiwanis of Port Orchard Club Scholarship

Trevor Boe, $2,000 Kiwanis of Port Orchard Club Scholarship

Cassidy Firman, $2,000 Kiwanis of Port Orchard Club Scholarship

Courtney Susanne McIntosh, $1,000 Kiwanis of Port Orchard Club Scholarship

In addition to the scholarship program, the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard is involved in a number of projects and community programs that assist children locally and worldwide, including:

A kindergarten reading program, which began at Sunnyslope Elementary in 1993, now operates in nine of 10 elementary schools in the district;

To the Library Reading Project, which sponsors third-grade students in the district with the opportunity to visit the Kitsap Regional Library for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Terrific Kids has operated since 2002 and now is at all district elementary schools;

Students of the Month program recognizes students from the three middle schools and South Kitsap High School at the club’s luncheon. High achieving students are invited to lunch with their families, are recognized and given cash awards;

The Bike Rodeo has been supported by the local Kiwanis in partnership with other local agencies and Kiwanis groups.

It has provided free helmets and fittings to more than 2,000 toddlers and children, given away 400 gently used bikes and instructed more than 1,500 children in basic bike safety, and;

The Builders Club, which includes 15 to 20 Cedar Heights Middle School students, provides more than 200 hours of community service each year.

In recent years, Builders Club has helped with the kindergarten reading program, Special Olympics, Bike Rodeo, Relay for Life, Senior Conference at the Pavilion, and Cedar Heights Clean-Up Day.

The Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard’s website is

Correction: The correct scholarship amount for the Dr. Dewayne Gower Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship is $3,500, not $3,000 as indicated in the posted and printed article.