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Kiwanis Club of Redlands Scholarship Foundation honors school board member Donna West, foundation president Bill Bryden


The Kiwanis Club of Redlands Scholarship Foundation presented its Outstanding Educator Award to Donna West at the foundation’s annual scholarship dinner, held in June at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands.

West is a longtime member of the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education and a founder of Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation.

After receiving the award, she spoke briefly, encouraging young people to pursue their dreams. “Find education, find your profession, but then look beyond success to significance. What will you give back to the world?” she said, according to a press release from the Kiwanis Club of Redlands.

Others honored at the dinner included Bill Bryden, outgoing president of the foundation and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, who received the Urban Derkum Presidential Award for outstanding leadership, and Pamela Bibo, a former scholarship administrator for Redlands Community Scholarship Foundation, who received an award for her many years of assisting the foundation in awarding scholarships.

Rick Foster, treasurer and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, received the Helen Ludwig Award for outstanding service to the foundation, and the Redlands CommunityScholarship Foundation received the Outstanding Supporting Business/Organization award.

The Kiwanis Club of Redlands Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was organized in 1981 and awarded its first scholarships in the spring of 1982. Those scholarships went to 1982 Redlands High School graduates Chris Clasen and Karen Derfer.

Clasen, who spoke at the dinner, received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering. He began his career as a rocket scientist and later aided in homeland defense. He owns CSC Engineering LLC, a professional environmental, fire and safety consulting firm.

Bill Hardy Jr., one of the founding members of the foundation, also spoke, recalling the foundation’s first year and a half.

This year, the foundation awarded 18 scholarships, totaling $66,000.

This year’s recipients are Adriana Barraza and Willow Goss of Orangewood High School; Kennedy McCarthy of Grove High School; Madison Isaeff of Redlands eAcademy; Courtney Cappelli, Renata Shammo, Casadi Morgan, Vincent Pearson and Sean Nhim of Redlands High School; Ashley Samaan, Jon Carlo Bibat, Carly Lambeth and Brian Aponte of Citrus Valley High School; Caroline Irving, Victoria Chung, Sydney Sanner and Ryan Sunderman of Redlands East Valley High School; and Diana Beltran of Redlands Adult School.

Since its founding, the foundation has awarded 261 scholarships, totaling $960,250.

The foundation awards Academic Excellence Scholarships of $6,000; Community Service Scholarships, $4,000; Career/Technical Scholarships, $3,000; Kiwanis Scholarships (adult education), $2,500; and the Martin and Dorothy Munz Scholarship, $1,500.

The event included raffles and live and silent auctions, with prizes donated by Kiwanis members and local businesses. Funds raised will go toward future scholarships.

Alfaro Catering provided Savethe dinner.