Meet the 2018 scholarship recipients

Jun 22, 2018

Leadership. Service. Ambition. Commitment. These Key Club and Circle K members have the characteristics of success. The Kiwanis Children's Fund is honored to send these accomplished students to school next year with a 2017-18 scholarship. 


Davidson_HeadshotJill Davidson, Circle K International Past Presidents' Scholarship 

Jill logged more than 640 service hours as a member of the Circle K Club of the University of Michigan, while maintaining a high-grade point average. She served as club president, secretary and alumni relations chair. During her time has president, she is credited with using innovative methods to increase the club's membership. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and served on the university's Dean of Students Advisory Board. Jill is attending graduate school at the University of Michigan's School of Information. She wants to design technology that enhances children's educational experiences. 


Kim NguyenKim Nguyen, Harry S. Himmel Scholarship 

Kim is a recent graduate of Mesa Verde High School in Citrus Heights, California, where she graduated third in her class while being active in her school and community. Kim participated in Key Club throughout high school and served as secretary and vice president. She also ran cross country and played on the tennis team. Outside of school, she is dedicated to the area's Vietnamese community and works at a Vietnamese school as an office assistant and tutor. Kim will be attending University of California, Irvine to study nursing. 


Nadia Pinto2Nadia Goldstar, Cunat International Scholarship 

Nadia recently graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin. She participated in Key Club for three years and served as president. During her time in Key Club, she was active in hunger-relief activities such as Crop Walk, Stamp Out Hunger and collecting fruit for homeless shelters. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), a social justice organization that fights for the rights of immigrants, students and workers. Nadia also was a member of her school's tennis team, French club and jazz and concert bands. She will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 


Sarah PageSarah Page, Cunat International Scholarship 

Sarah is a co-president of Circle K at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where she is a pre-law student majoring in economics and marketing. Her outstanding grades have earned her a spot on the President's List every semester. As president of her CKI club, she has been active in planning its signature event, the Haunted Trail, to raise money for The Eliminate Project. She is very active at Campbell, serving as an admissions ambassador, orientation volunteer and academic coach. 



Henrike SchmalfussHenrike Schmalfuss, Harry S. Himmel Scholarship 

Henrike graduated from Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida, where she helped revive the Key Club, serving as president and vice president. A Latin scholar, she also participated in Junior Classical League, the school's lacrosse and swim teams and was a National Merit Finalist. 

She also volunteered as a tutor and at the local Veterans Affairs hospital. After traveling to Botswana, Henrike was inspired to major in global health. She will be attending Georgetown University, and would like to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps before starting a career in international health and public policy. 


FavianFavian Soto, Linda Canaday Memorial Scholarship 

Favian is a recent graduate of Procter R. Hug High School, in Reno, Nevada, where he excelled in academics, sports and service. Favian served four years in Key Club, serving as president and vice president. He also was vice president of the National Honor Society chapter. In JROTC, he was named cadet of the year, and he was captain of Academic Olympics and the school's varsity tennis team. Favian was active in his school's Green Club, advocating for environmental consciousness and creating a recycling program for teachers. Favian will attend Princeton University where he plans on studying astronomy. 


Taylor Williams Scholarship PhotoTaylor Williams, John E. Mayfield Circle K Scholarship 

Taylor is dedicated to her studies, her Circle K club and her community. She was president of Circle K at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and was an active member of Key Club. In fact, she volunteered more than 1,500 hours of service in high school and college. While in college, she volunteered with the Illinois Justice Corps and the Prairie State Legal Services. She will attend Southern Illinois University Law School. She would like to practice family law and give back to her community through Kiwanis. 


Suzanne ZhouSuzanne Zhou, Harry S. Himmel Scholarship 

Suzanne is known as a collaborator and leader at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. As Circle K president and vice president, she worked with similar organizations to lead large-scale service projects. She also served on the CKI Capital District Board and the university's Student Government Association. Outside of school, she mentors disadvantaged children and volunteers at a church soup kitchen. Suzanne wants to go to medical school to become a physician and already is doing research on regenerative medicine.