About 50 people joined 11 Pine Island students for breakfast at Bert's Friday morning to award Kiwanis scholarships. Shortly after breakfast the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, "God Bless America" and a morning prayer.
"Welcome. We're just so happy that all of you could be here,"said Carlyn Herring. "I have the honor and pleasure of being the chairman of the scholarship committee."
"Everyone in this room that is a Kiwanian raises money all year long to give back to the youth of Pine Island," Herring said. "Whether it's college scholarships or funding for a special trip, a competition that they will be in, Boy Scouts, dance, baseball our whole goal is to help the youth of Pine Island. It is such a great thing to be able to sit in this room and interview these kids and get to know your children - it is really an awesome thing. We have so many great kids here that are doing great things so this is a pleasure meeting all of them."
Each year the Kiwanis Club hands out financial scholarships to Pine Island students that meet the qualifications. In order to qualify for a scholarship, students must be a resident of Pine Island or attended Pine Island Elementary School. The applicant must be currently in the senior year of high school or a high school graduate. The applicant must also be in need of financial assistance.
Throughout the years Pine Island Kiwanis given out over $325,000 in college scholarships.
Pine Island Kiwanis meets weekly: Friday mornings at 7:30 at Bert''s, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, and Thursday evenings (last Thursday of the month) at Little Lilly's Island Deli, 10700 Stringfellow Road., Bokeelia.