Six area high school seniors will be starting their college careers with a little extra funding as a "thank you" for what they have done for their communities while still in high school.
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville has awarded $500 scholarships to six students.
According to Kiwanis: These scholarships are awarded to students who have actively participated in service activities in school and the community and who intend to continue their education after graduation. The scholarship winners are selected from written applications, including two letters of recommendations, and are presented to two students each from Phoenixville Area High School, Chester County Technical College High School and Spring-Ford Area High School.
The winners of this year’s scholarships are:
From Phoenixville Area High School
- Devonne Moore
- Sara Gilbert (read about Sara in a Phoenixville Patch Senior Snapshot)
- Tanya Curtis
- Samantha Lawrence
From Spring-Ford Area High School:
- Hannah Puckett
- Taylor Obzud
The Kiwanis Club says it "is pleased to recognize these students who have demonstrated their understanding of the importance of service to school and community and wish them the best of luck as they continue their education."
More about Devonne Moore
In addition to the Kiwani Club Scholarship, Phoenixville Area High School (now) graduate Devonne Moore was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Phoenixville Jaycees. She was presented with a check at the Dogwood Festival Parade awards ceremony last month.
Jaycees President Darren Exley says Moore was chosen for that group's scholarship based on an essay and her efforts to help people in the Phoenixville community. "Devonne expreesed really a desire to give back to where she's from.. a lot of us grow up here more fortunate than others and she just really understood the value (of giving) and how fortunate her life has been."
Moore plans to major in biology when she starts school as a freshman at Purdue University this fall. She has spent much of her time in high school helping others. She has worked as a volunteer for Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) helping to feed the homeless. She has also worked with the Phoenixville YMCA as a volunteer and with the Y's Angel Tree project, collecting 500 gifts for local children last year alone.
This summer Moore plans to coach at the YMCA before heading to Lafayette Indiana and Purdue.