For the forty fifth year the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley recognized outstanding student achievement and awarded scholarships to exceptional students at six local high schools. Students who had excelled in various vocational classes were selected by the high schools in the Rowland and Walnut Valley school districts as well as Diamond Ranch High school. In addition, individuals were chosen by each school to be recognized for his or her achievement in the areas of Service, Leadership, Science, or Social Science.
At a ceremony held at the Performing Arts Center at Walnut High School sixty five students received plaques for their accomplishments during their senior year. From that group seven students, one from each high school, were selected to receive a scholarship that can be used to help pay for tuition, apprenticeship program, tools, or other expenses related to their area of emphasis.
Scholarships recipients were Nathan Rubio of Walnut High School, Eric Aguero of Diamond Bar High School, Chelsey Brody of Diamond Ranch High School, Sonia Hernandez of Santana High School, Yessica Hernandez of Nogales High School and Thao Bui of Rowland High School.
Jane Wu of Diamond Bar High School received the Joe Dyer Scholarship as the outstanding Key Club member for her service to the community, the school, and the Key Club.
This Kiwanis award program was created by Ed Chapman when he was president of the Walnut Valley Club. He felt that students in the vocational subjects were not recognized for outstanding work in these fields and the club should provide scholarship funds that would help them enter their area of interest. In the forty five years over $110,000 has been distributed and more than 3500 students recognized.