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Ten awarded Canby Kiwanis scholarships


Nine Canby students and a North Marion student earn $14,000 for college

The Canby Kiwanis Club has awarded scholarships worth a total of $14,000 to nine Canby High School seniors and one North Marion High School senior.

Nine of the scholarships are for $1,000 each and the other Community Service Scholarship is for $5,000. The club decided to award the latter as part of its 75th anniversary celebration last year. The winner of the Community Service Scholarship was Canby senior Lilly Pruitt.

Mike Boonstra, who chaired the club’s scholarship committee, said the wide diversity and amount of Pruitt’s community service activities especially impressed the committee.

These included volunteering at the Oregon Zoo, work with senior citizens, helping with sports camps and various community projects with the high school Key Club. Boonstra added that she did all this while participating in three sports. Pruitt intends to go to Washington State University and major in zoology.

The other Canby High scholarship winners were Jonathan Inman, Jasmine Morris, Mallory de Campos, Morgan Meisenheimer, Jeremy Link, Lanee Bare, Jessica Comacho and Mariana Navarro. The North Marion senior recipient was Kyle Torian. These awards were based on community service, grades and school and community activities.

Boonstra said the club received about 50 applications. The money raised for the scholarships largely comes from sale of donated items at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, and this year Canby Telcom made a donation to the scholarship fund.

In 2013, the club gave 10 scholarships for $1,000 each. Since the club first began awarding scholarships in the 1960s, it has given more than $250,000 to local students.