Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards scholarships


Five Menlo-Atherton High School seniors are receiving scholarships totaling $23,500 from the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

Three of the students, Simram Kashayap, Caroline Kelly and Gordon Williams, were honored at the club's annual scholarship luncheon May 12 at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. The other two seniors, Alan Martinez and Laila Volpe, who missed the luncheon because of tests, received their awards the following week.

Of the May 12 winners, Simram, fresh from an internship with a Silicon Valley startup, plans to study engineering at UC Santa Cruz. She tutored students in math at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park and at Ravenswood City School District schools. She participated in several community projects with a program called "Build On."

Caroline will attend the University of Michigan, focusing on English and other courses needed to fulfill pre-med requirements. At M-A, she participated in several school leadership programs, working on Baylands projects and with homeless shelters. She started after-school programs to foster reading and mentorship activities.

Gordon repaired and distributed 60 bicycles to families at Haven House as part of a Boy Scout project. He also provided 60 helmets for them. He worked in the Kiwanis Christmas tree lot for several years, helping raise funds for scholarships and other causes.

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club gave more than $90,000 last year to support projects that include scholarships for M-A High graduates. Visitors are welcome to attend the club's weekly luncheon meetings on Tuesdays, from noon to 1:15 p.m., at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. To reserve a spot, call 580-4441.


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