Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World
2017 Bunny Hop
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On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville held its third-annual...

2017 Law Enforcement Awards
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2017 Morris Kaplan Caring is Sharing Law Enforcement Award winners. Agencies...

Atkinson Elementary wins 2017 Spelling Bee
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Teams from 13 elementary schools in Henderson County competed in the annual...

Morris Kaplan Scholarships Awarded
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Recipients of a $5,000 Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarship for 2016:


2016 Morris Kaplan Sharing and Caring Awards
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These are the recipients of the 2016 Morris Kaplan Sharing and Caring Award...

The Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarship Fund (originally the Kiwanis Loan and Scholarship Fund) was established in 1965. Since that date, this 501 (c) tax-exempt fund has provided scholarships to over 175 high-school students who wish to further their education at an accredited four-year college or university.

The scholarship is named for the late Morris Kaplan, a long-time community leader in Hendersonville and an active Kiwanian. In 1980 the Fund created an endowment with the Henderson County Community Foundation.  Scholarship funding results from donations, Kiwanis fund-raising projects, and the endowment. For many years, the Fund has awarded at least one and often as many as four scholarships to cover the tuition cost of the first year of study at a college or university. The monetary value of the scholarship is related to the published annual tuition charge at a state university in North Carolina; however, the scholarship may be used at any accredited public or private college or university in any state. In recent years, a Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarship has had a value of $5,000.

Applicants for a Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarship are evaluated on the basis of academic prowess and financial need. Applicants must provide requested information on academic achievement, school and community activities, leadership experience, and financial status. Applicants must also provide a written essay on personal history and future plans, letters of recommendation, and family-income information. Application requirements and forms are available from the guidance office at each high school or by downloading here.

Beginning in 2017, two additional $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Community College/Technical or Certification Program students.  Also, the Fund awards the $1,000 Hugh Lockaby Scholarship to a deserving second-year student at Blue Ridge Community College. 

In addition to Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarships, the Fund makes an annual award of $250 to the senior selected as Best All-Around Student at each of the high schools of Henderson County.