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Local chapter awarded $25,000 in scholarships to Canby High School class of 2021

Of the scholarships Canby graduates received in 2021, the city's Kiwanis Club was a significant contributor.

The Kiwanis Club of Canby awarded $25,000 in scholarship money to 17 students through its Canby Kiwanis Foundation, according to a release from the organization.

The scholarship winners were recognized at Canby High School's awards ceremony before graduation in June. Most of the students joined Kiwanis members June 14 at Maple Street Park to talk about their high school studies and community service, which is an important aspect of the Kiwanis Club of Canby scholarships.

"The class of 2021 has battled adversity, and we are honored to recognize their hard work and achievements," said Sharon Schneider, chair of the scholarship committee.

The scholarship recipients for 2021 are:

• Elsa Anderson: $5,000 George Douglass Scholarship honoring a longtime Kiwanian who died last year

• Sophia Strangfield: $2,500 Kiwanis Club of Canby Scholarship

• Joey Gartrell: $2,500

• Stephanie Clark: $1,500

• Ainsley Beck: $1,500

• Tate Driver: $1,000

• Ella Stephens: $1,000

• Imani Robinson: $1,000

• Leanne Doman: $1,000

• Ella Scheer: $1,000

• Allison Bassett: $1,000

• Kellie Peters: $1,000

• Andrew Viter: $1,000

• Zoe Thompson: $1,000

• Kaden Boyd: $1,000

• Johnathan Walker: $1,000

• Daley McClellan: $1,000

The Kiwanis Club of Canby also is involved in a variety of projects and community service programs that assist children locally and worldwide, including the annual Canby Community Food and Toy Drive, which since 1958 has provided food and toys during the holiday season to families in need of assistance. In 2020, approximately 375 families and 1,100 children received food and toys.

The club also funds Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, providing a free book for children by mail each month from birth until they turn 5 years old.

Canby Kiwanis also funds the Key Club at Canby High School, the Builders Club at Baker Prairie Middle School and Terrific Kids at most of Canby School District's elementary schools.

Most of the funding for scholarships and other projects comes from operation of the Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Canby or on becoming a member, visit the club's website at or Facebook @canbykiwanis.

Kristen Wohlers
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