Kiwanis receives grant for scholarships

Submitted by the Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor.

The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor is excited to announce that a grant of $16,000.00 has been awarded to them by the Honeywell Charitable Trust. This grant money will be used to help fund the annual scholarships awarded by Kiwanis to Friday Harbor High School Seniors.

Over the last eight years, Kiwanis has provided over $120,000 in scholarships. In 2022, $20,000 was awarded to 20 students. With a senior class of 45 students, Kiwanis was able to award most of them with a scholarship to continue education at a college or a trade school.

President Sharon Hooper stated, “I can think of no better gift than helping young people to continue their education. With a good education, all kinds of doors can be opened that will have profound effect upon their lives.”

Dave and Nancy Honeywell are committed to helping our local community in numerous ways. The Kiwanis requested a grant for its annual Pig War Picnic and was awarded a generous gift from the Honeywell Charitable Trust, continuing a partnership they have enjoyed with the Honeywell’s for the past eight years. President Hooper said about their major fundraiser, “It’s a lot of work to put on the annual picnic but it’s worth it in when you think of all the great things we can do in the community with the money we raise. The Honeywell partnership has allowed our club to impact many young adults right here on our island”.

The Pig War Picnic has evolved into a major attraction for the annual Friday Harbor 4th of July celebration. In addition to the Honeywell’s support, a number of local businesses also help make the event possible. These local Companies sponsored the event at the $600 level and up: Banner Bank, Browne’s Home Center, Ace Hardware, Chicago Title, Heritage Bank, Island Propane Service, SJ Interior Carpet Connection and Kings Market.

Dave and Nancy Honeywell have been on the island for only a few years. Their generosity and philanthropy toward the local community should be noted. Besides the great work they are doing with Kiwanis, they have helped a number of other organizations on San Juan, including Island Rec, the local Food Bank, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and many unnamed others. We are fortunate they picked San Juan Island for a place to enjoy their senior years and are grateful for their generosity.