The Greenwood Kiwanis Club recently recognized graduating Key Club members from local high schools for academic and service excellence during its annual Kiwanis Scholars Dinner. Three of the honorees are this year’s recipients of the club’s Bill and Sharlene Mellencamp scholarships. They are Shirley Zheng of Center Grove High School, Isabella Mahanna, Franklin Central High School and Xiomara Martinez, Greenwood Community High School. The Greenwood Kiwanis awards one $1,000 Mellencamp scholarship to a graduating Key Club member at each of the high schools where they sponsor a Key Club. Since they created the Mellencamp scholarship, they have awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships.
Also recognized was Madelyn Siems, this year’s recipient of the Kiwanis Indiana Foundation Scholarship from the Circle City Division of the Kiwanis Indiana District. Her application was submitted to the district foundation by the Greenwood Kiwanis Club and was selected from those submitted by other clubs in the district, including Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Hendricks County and Mooresville.
Each year, the Greenwood Kiwanis Club awards its scholarships to graduating Key Club members at Center Grove, Franklin Central, Greenwood Community, and Greenwood Christian Academy high schools. (There were no seniors in Key Club at Greenwood Christian Academy this year.) The scholarship is named after Bill and Sharlene Mellencamp, Kiwanians and educators who left this earth far too soon.
“Bill and Sharlene were teachers who touched many lives in the community,” noted Richard Isenhour, club president. “Because of their love for education and service, we created scholarships in their name to reward students who carry on those ideals.”