The Matlacha Hookers presented eight scholarships to students from Pine Island and Cape Coral at its meeting Monday, May 12, at Sandy Hook Restaurant.
"The Matlacha Hookers have seven scholarships to give away this year," Dee Hanks, co-chair of the scholarship committee said. "This is the second year we have one additional scholarship to give away. This scholarship is from Steven Rabinette, father of Logan Rabinette, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2012. Logan was only 19 years old. Logan was a student at Pine Island Elementary School from K through 5th grade and we named the scholarship the Logan Rabinette Scholarship Award. Monique Classen received the Logan Rabinette Scholarship Award for $1,500."
Classen, 17, who was home schooled and attended Edison State College as a dual enrollment student, was also awarded a Hooked on Education scholarship last year. She is currently attending Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is studying psychology and communications. She is also involved in student government.
Six of the Matlacha Hookers scholarship winners, from left, Monica Ditch, Monique Classen, Dylan Marshall, Cameron Swartz, Anna Wiliams, Evan Berlanti.
In addition to the Logan Rabinette Scholarship Award the Matlacha Hookers presented seven additional scholarships of $1,500.
Rebecca Cicoria, 18, attended Ida S. Baker High School and will be attending Southeastern University in the fall. She plans on studying Human Services and Public Administration. She is interested in pursuing a career in substance abuse counseling and assisting.
Anna Williams, 18, attended Island Coast High School. She will attend Edison State College in the fall to study marine biology. Growing up on Pine Island, Williams has a respect and love for our local estuaries and would like to preserve them for future generations.
Monica Ditch, 18, is currently attending the University of Florida where she is studying aerospace engineering. Ditch is involved in several extracurricular activities: Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and UF Gator's Marching Band.
Lane Neuroth, 27, is currently attending Edison State College. He has an associate in science degree and is studying business administration and management. He is currently employed as a team leader at Subway.
Dylan Marshall, 19, is currently attending Edison State College. Dylan is studying criminal justice and is interested in becoming a police officer. He is on the dean's list and magna cum laude. Dylan also volunteers his time to help the Matlacha Mariners and the Matlacha Hookers with their various fund-raising events.
Evan Berlanti, 20, was home schooled and is currently a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is studying history and communications. He is involved in student government and volunteers his time working with children at a local church's Vacation Bible School.
Cameron Swartz, 18, attended Ida S. Baker High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He will be attending Edison State College in the fall. His course of study will be general studies and education.
"We raised a little over $10,500 this year which included a $5,000 contribution from the Matlacha Mariners. This allowed us to give a $1,500 scholarship to seven students," Sarah Sciple said. "It makes a significant difference to these kids and next year we'll do better."