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Get to know our scholarship recipients

Aug 22, 2017

As summer draws to a close, the Children’s Fund is proud to send these accomplished students to school with one of our 2016–17 Key Club or Circle K International scholarships. Get to know these distinguished recipients below.

Lilian Alexandrova, Cunat International Scholarship

Lilian Alexandrova is dedicated to both her studies and serving others. A sophomore and Circle K club member at Illinois State University, Liliana majors in international business with a minor in economics and maintains a very high grade point average. She has plans to go into international law. Her favorite part of the Kiwanis family is meeting other like-minded individuals who love giving back to their communities.

Dylann Lowery, John E. Mayfield Circle K Scholarship

A former Key Club member, Dylann is currently a Circle K member at Oklahoma State University, where she majors in child family services and management. She has served as the district editor for the Texas-Oklahoma District and is currently the Oklahoma Division Lieutenant Governor. Dylann was also instrumental in reinvigorating Oklahoma State’s Circle K Club by rallying friends and recruiting motivated new members. Dylann aims to open a nonprofit organization to help counsel and shelter battered women and children.

Kelly Mink, Cunat International Scholarship

Kelly is a recent graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School in Illinois. An active participant in Key Club, Kelly served as editor, vice president of statistics, and president throughout her four years. She also participated in student council, National Honor Society, and the school tennis team, among other activities. Her favorite service project is visiting a local nursing home and playing cards with the residents. This fall, she will attend Bradley University to study marketing. Kelly hopes for a career that allows her to spread joy and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Sofie Bri Wilson, Harry S. Himmel Scholarship

Sofie graduated this past spring from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School in New York, where she was an active Key Club member. In addition to serving as the historian of her Key Club for three years, Sofie was president of her student council, captain of her softball team, section leader in marching band, and much more. Even with all of her extracurricular activities, Sofie maintained a high GPA and ranked fourth in her graduating class. This fall, she will attend Cornell University to major in animal science. She aspires to become a veterinarian and devote her life to helping animals.

Josephine Di Russo, CKI Past Presidents Scholarship

Josephine attends Lake-Sumter State College in Florida, where she founded a Circle K club in her freshman year. A former Key Clubber, Josephine served as president after the club was chartered last December and is now the lieutenant governor for Florida’s Citrus Circle K Division. One of her favorite activities during her Key Club years was a UNICEF workshop at a district convention, which inspired her aspiration to work for an international nonprofit organization. To attain her dreams, Josephine is studying international and global studies and hopes to pursue a graduate degree.

Andrew Ly, Harry S. Himmel Scholarship

Andrew attends the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is majoring in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. As a member of UCLA Circle K, Andrew has completed 224 service hours and served as his club’s Kiwanis-family youth chair. He helped lead one of his club’s largest events, Key to College, helping teach more than 170 high schoolers about applying for and transitioning into college. After college, Andrew aims to start health awareness programming for low-income communities—and to inspire members of these communities to become leaders.

Michael Miller, Linda Canaday Scholarship 

A freshman at Penn State University, Michael has been part of the Kiwanis family since he joined Key Club during his sophomore year of high school. His favorite Key Club service project was his club’s annual Walk for Clean Water, which he co-founded. The community-wide walk symbolizes the average distance that people in developing countries must travel every day just to access water—which often isn’t even clean. Michael helped lead his Key Club to raise over US$45,000 for Thirst Project, a Key Club partner, and even received Thirst Project’s Power of Youth Award along with his co-founder. Michael intends to major in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, with a minor in security and risk analysis and a concentration in Mandarin Chinese.