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Kirkwood School District Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

On May 10, the Kirkwood School District Foundation (KSDF) held the annual Named Awards Scholarship recipient ceremony. This year, $92,000 in scholarships were awarded to 40 students and recent graduates of Kirkwood High School. 

The Named Awards Scholarship program was created in memory or in honor of students, family and friends of the community. The scholarships are made possible from KSDF because of the generous support of our donors, especially donor families, Kirkwood parents, staff and alumni.

Recipients completed an online application. Once the application process closed, the KSDF Named Awards Committee reviewed all applications to determine which students to interview. In March and April, the committee conducted interviews and selected the scholarship recipients.

“Congratulations to each of the 2022 KSDF Named Award recipients,” said KSDF Named Award Chairman Dr. Derek Byers. “We are proud of you and all of your accomplishments. You all will represent Kirkwood well in the world, and hopefully some of you will come back to continue making this community even better. We especially thank all the generous donor families - those present tonight and not - who have made these awards possible.  We are truly fortunate to be in a community where gifts like these truly make a difference to our students while also honoring the legacies of some very memorable Pioneers.”

The 2022 KSDF Named Award Recipients are pictured left to right:

Front row:  Kylie Robertson, Dolly Jander Grant; Mayabeth Kim, Mike Bales Memorial Scholarship; Lainey Hogg, Herb Jones Memorial Scholarship; Megan Missey, Joan Dowell Memorial Scholarship; Ryan Luby, Myrtle Agnew Walker Endowment for the Visual Arts;

Second Row: Nathan Hodo, Campbell Family Scholarship-Vocation; Jack Bauer, Beth Brown Memorial Scholarship; Lucy Schene, Woodard Family Fine Arts Grant; Vivian Simpson, Woodard Family Fine Arts Grant; Ezekiel Bliss, Russel and Ruth Kraus Memorial Arts Scholarship; 

Third Row: Carter Bowman, Russell and Ruth Kraus Memorial Music Scholarship; Abigail Konopic, Glunt Family Award; A'jah Green, Barbara Holley Memorial Scholarship; Cecelia Kutheis, Salivar Family Grant; Nia Anderson, Glunt Family Award; 

Fourth Row: Sam Fearn, Campbell Family Scholarship-College; Caylin Chunn, Kirkwood Teachers of Color Scholarship; Emma Berkley, Dylan Thomas Murphy Thorton Memorial Scholarship; Imani Noel; Robert and Catherine Curry Scholarship; 

Fifth Row: Luke Bensinger, Evan Dalgaard Memorial Scholarship; Nicholas Whittington, Evan Dalgaard Memorial Scholarship; Alexander Bean, Richard J. Stalhuth Scholarship; 

Sixth Row: John Mack, Dolly Jander Grant; Alan "Mac" Key, Beth Brown Memorial; Scholarship; Hayden Davidson, Denver Miller Memorial Scholarship. 

Not pictured: Jaida Autry, Kirkwood Teachers of Color Scholarship; Riley Forinash, David Koeneker Memorial Scholarship; Nora Hamilton, Myrtle Agnew Walker Endowment for the Visual Arts; Presley Lindeval, Kirkwood Teachers of Color Scholarship; DaRon Martin, Franklin and Tresa McCallie Award; Trinity Richardson, Phillips-Wojtow Opportunity Award.

The Kirkwood School District Foundation was established in 1989. It is a public, not-for-profit organization that includes parents, alumni, and friends working to build a stronger community by raising private funds to enrich the educational experiences for all students in the Kirkwood School District.