On Tuesday, the Athens Kiwanis Club awarded eight local high school students from Athens High School, Cross Roads High School, Eustace High School and LaPoynor High School.

They will have the opportunity to attend Trinity Valley Community College in the fall with the help of Kiwanis and a partnership through TVCC. Each student was awarded $750 from Athens Kiwanis Club, and TVCC will match to officially award each student $1,500.

Scholarship funds are set aside from events that Kiwanis hosts throughout the year, including, flag sales, mum sales and the annual Pancake Day in March.

Kristina Jacobson, the Kiwanis adviser to Athens High School Key Club — the largest student led service organization — awarded through Kiwanis a $2,000 scholarship to AHS senior Reagan Bellah. Jacobson said that she has “had the joy and honor of watching Ms. Bellah develop into a wonderful young woman and leader over the past three years.”

This past year, Bellah has served as the club president. Jacobson, a former Key Club member, said that the organization is “very near and dear to her heart” and that she enjoys watching the students grow and awarding the scholarships is “very rewarding.”

Bellah will attend Texas Tech University in the fall to study speech pathology.

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