The Kiwanis Club of Marietta stays busy. In 1996, they developed the quarterly GEM Awards Project to recognize a teacher, staff member and/or administrator as well as a student in each of the Marietta City Schools for “Going the Extra Mile.” Each school has a plaque listing the names of their GEM Award recipients.
On April 25, GEM Awards were presented to: A.L. Burruss Elementary staff member Jaime Ziemian; Dunleith Elementary staff member Tammy Englund; Hickory Hills Elementary staff member Amber Rule; Lockheed Elementary staff member Awilda Correa; Marietta Center for Advanced Academics staff member Lee DeLeon; Park Street Elementary staff member Erica Turnbull; Sawyer Road Elementary staff member Julie Smith; West Side Elementary staff member Erin Compton; Marietta Sixth Grade Academy staff member Bethany Mitchell; Marietta Middle School staff member Jamie Watson; Marietta High School staff member Margarita Ojeda; Central Office staff member Tynisha Robinson; and Emily Lembeck Center staff member Harriet Amihere.
On May 2, The Marietta Kiwanis Foundation awarded their 2019 scholarships to nine deserving college students in the community. These scholarships are made possible through the club’s Flag Project, where more than 1,600 American flags are placed in front of businesses and residences throughout the community six times each year, and the generous financial gifts of individuals, businesses and community residents throughout Cobb County.
All scholarships are awarded to students through a competitive application process. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for any of the following scholarships:
FOUNDERS/BECK — Cobb County School District: Undergraduate Scholarship that honors five club founders living in 1976 and Fred and Drucilla Beck. Winner: Madison Burns.
TURNER-HOWARD SCHOLARSHIP: Available to a student entering or attending Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at KSU or Chattahoochee Technical College and who is either a staff member of the Cobb County School System or The Marietta City School System or who is a dependent of such a staff member. Winner: Kween Simmons.
JANE AND EBBIE LANCE SCHOLARSHIP: Available for any high school graduate or equivalent who is committed to pursuing vocational/technical education at Chattahoochee Technical College. Winner: Diego Diaz.
MARIETTA KIWANIS SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: Available to assist a teacher or student accepted into an accredited college/university in Georgia who wishes to specialize in the field. Winner: April Sanchez.
E.W. CHASTAIN SCHOLARSHIP: Available to a student entering or attending Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University and who has been a member of a Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Sponsored Youth Organization or who is the son, daughter or spouse of a currently active Kiwanis Club of Marietta member. Winner: Anna Nichols.
RAYMOND STEVE TUMLIN SCHOLARSHIP: Available to a graduate or undergraduate student entering or attending an accredited college or university and who is currently a member of a Kiwanis club, Kiwanis sponsored youth organization or who is the son, daughter or a spouse of a currently active Kiwanis Club of Marietta member. Winner: Sarah Secrist.
BILL “SCOOP” KINNEY JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP: Available to a graduate or undergraduate student entering or attending any accredited college or university and who is pursuing a major in the field of journalism. Winner: Nele Langhof.
FOREVER REMEMBER SCHOLARSHIP: Available to a dependent of a person who is either on active duty or employed in the reserve, or a veteran of the military, law enforcement, fire department or EMT services. Must reside, work or be a student at an institution whose main campus is in Cobb County. Winner: Lindsey Edelman.
GLENN GRAHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP — Marietta City Schools: Honors longtime Kiwanis Club of Marietta member Glenn Graham. Winner: Judith Martinez.
For those interested in applying next year, visit www.mariettakiwanis.org.