“Ever since I joined Key Club as a freshman, this organization has opened up so many opportunities for me. I have met so many other inspiring Key Clubbers and new friends, made unforgettable memories, have been able to volunteer at some of the most life-changing events, been able to guide other incoming freshman to their ‘Key Club moment,’ was given the chance to serve as president my senior year, and so much more. When I first joined this club, I had no idea the impact this organization would bring me. I went into high school wanting to be able to volunteer more, but not really knowing where to start. Eventually, I heard about this club known as ‘Key Club,’ and how they had the resources to help me find these events. Ever since I joined this club, it became my second family- it became the club that showed me my true purpose in this world.
What I’ve learned from Key Club is that my number one passion in life was to help people – that I was the happiest when I was out volunteering and spending time at the multitude of volunteer events that I was able to attend. Because of this organization and the Julie Dieguez Memorial Scholarship, I now have the chance to pursue a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. With tuition rates increasing yearly, the scholarship will help pay for some of my tuition, allowing me to pursue my passion for helping others while not having to deal with such a hefty financial burden. This scholarship was also one of the main reasons I have decided to pursue a double major when I attend UCI this upcoming fall. Though I am not entirely 100% sure what I will double major in, the fact that this road has opened up to me because of this scholarship makes me very grateful and blessed to have been a recipient of one of the CNH Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships. With this scholarship, it serves as a reminder for me to never give up on my dreams, to never forget the lessons I’ve learned these past 4 years in Key Club, to keep pursuing my passions, and to motivate me to excel academically in college.
To the entire CNH Kiwanis Foundation, thank you for giving me the chance and opportunity to receive this scholarship. Thank you for believing in me, and for entrusting me with this scholarship as I am incredibly blessed to have been given this on top of my unforgettable and life-changing experience within Key Club. I will never forget the kindness and happiness the Kiwanis Family has brought me, and I will do my absolute best to make sure that this scholarship will be put into good use and continue to give back to others because caring is my way of life.
– Isabelle Lee