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Area students earn scholarships

Kiwanis Club of Saint Charles scholarship recipients with their parents [Photo courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Saint Charles]

The Kiwanis Club of Saint Charles awards scholarships each spring based on applications submitted by area students through their local schools. This year awards were given to Jacob Larson, Breanne Martin, Sharon Dosland, Nathan Logan, Heidi Wallace, Megan Keeven Black and Maxwell Wootten, representing St. Charles High, St. Charles West High and Duchesne High.

The Kiwanis Club of Saint Charles was chartered in 1935 and continues to be a service organization comprised of caring men and women from all walks of life. The mission of Kiwanis is to help kids, one family at a time. The Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday from noon-1 p.m. at Tubby’s Pub & Grub, 506 Droste Road. New members and guests always are welcome.

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced more than 3,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Missouri recipients include seven students from St. Charles County.

Officials from each sponsoring college or university chose their scholarship winners from finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Scholarship values range from $500-$2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate studies.

County recipients include: Adonia Kouadio, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship, Fort Zumwalt West; Safia Mayy R. Amerin, National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship, Fort Zumwalt West; Joseph L. Cassidy, National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship, Fort Zumwalt North; Casey L. Goltz, National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship, Fort Zumwalt West; Taylor C. Fawcett, National Merit Bradley University Scholarship, Francis Howell Central; Rachel Stepanek, National Merit Missouri University of Science and Technology Scholarship, Francis Howell Central; and Seth W. Stubblefield, National Merit Missouri University of Science and Technology Scholarship, Fort Zumwalt South.

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The Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, in partnership with  the United Way of Greater St. Louis, awarded scholarships to three St. Louis-area students through the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Students in grades six through eight from schools across the region demonstrated their knowledge of money management and the connection between financial and physical health.

Caroline Black, a seventh-grade student at Fort Zumwalt North Middle, placed second in the contest, earning a $1,000 scholarship.

“United Way, along with our sponsors and the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, is proud to continue to host this Money Smart Kids Essay Contest as a way to engage local children and youth in financial education and the importance of good money management skills,” said Debbie Irwin, community economic development director for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

The essay contest was sponsored by Country Financial, the Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association and Vantage Credit Union.

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