The Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont last week presented scholarship awards to three local college students, a graduating high school senior and a graduating eighth-grader.
The awards dinner took place on June 11 at Gearo’s Grille, at 1913 Welsh Road in Bustleton.
The ninth annual Anthony M. Leto Community Service Award went to Victoria Dailey, a Lawndale resident who graduated on June 12 from Presentation BVM.
Victoria was joined by her dad, Peter, grandmother Elizabeth Kane and Presentation principal Nancy Scharnikow. She attended St. William, which closed last June, until seventh grade. She is a St. William altar server and has volunteered at Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont pancake fundraisers at the Philadelphia Protestant Home.
In her one year at Presentation, she helped package meals for Aid For Friends and was a member of student council, the school newspaper and the yearbook committee.
Victoria will attend Little Flower High School.
The community service award is named in memory of Tony Leto, a businessman and Kiwanis president who died suddenly in 2004 at age 40.
Jessica Breuning, who graduated earlier this month from St. Hubert, won the Walter Gimbel Sr. Scholarship Award, named in memory of a longtime Kiwanis member and past president.
Jessica, who will enroll at Cabrini College, was unable to attend. She was on a vacation given to her as a graduation gift from her family. She was represented by her parents, Marie and Jim.
Three individuals were recognized as returning Walter Gimbel scholarship recipients.
Amy Keever earned a scholarship for the third year in a row. She’s a St. William and Bishop McDevitt graduate who attends Drexel University. She has recently taken part in leadership workshops for West Philadelphia middle school students and volunteered for Comcast Cares Day.
Marissa Rubin is a two-time scholarship winner. A 2012 Northeast High School graduate, she is an anthropology major at Temple. She wants to someday work for the World Health Organization to be able to address what she sees as a global health crisis.
Mary Radziszewski is also a two-time scholarship awardee. A 2012 Archbishop Ryan graduate, she was unable to attend because she was participating in a Shakespeare festival at DeSales University. Her gift was accepted by Kathy McDonough, a former St. William teacher and Kiwanis Club member who helps oversee the scholarship fund and awards dinner. ••