The Kiwanis International Foundation is a global organization whose main mission is to serve children all over the world. Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, this club began with the idea of a fraternal organization that had benefits for its members. As the number of members increased and grew, so did the ideals and mission of the Kiwanis Club. Today, the Kiwanis International Foundation can be found in 80 different nations and has members all over the world of more than 600,000. They are committed to helping Kiwanis families by creating programs that change lives far beyond the local resources of clubs and districts. Each year, members of the Kiwanis Club complete over 150,000 service projects and more than 18 million hours of volunteer service. They raise more than $100 million and are dedicated to meeting and sustaining donors’ confidence that their investments are utilized with integrity and are distributed ethically and responsibly.
The Harry S. Himmel Scholarship was established in honor of Harry Himmel who joined Kiwanis in 1928. He proudly served in many leadership positions in various levels and was even president of the Kiwanis International Foundation for 10 years. He was known for being extremely involved in his community as well as for greatly contributing to charities and different causes. He made a huge impact on countless individuals and his friends and family wanted to honor his legacy with this scholarship. The hope is that this generous donation will be able to help young people meet and achieve their dreams. This $500 award is intended for graduating high school seniors who are active members of the Key Club International. Applications become available on February 1st and they must be mailed and postmarked by April 15th in order to be reviewed and considered.