They were delighted, but clearly humbled and grateful for true community support that help pay university tuition costs.
Five scholarship winners attended the latest Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce After 5 reception — held at the Marco Healthcare Center — to be officially recognized, and to talk a little about themselves.
The students, all Lely High seniors, were Katey Hausauer, Katy Melchiorre, Amanda Niemczyk, Jade Dworkin and Greg Hauze.
A sixth awardee, Greta Schneider-Herr was unable to attend.
Katey Hausauer will attend the University of Florida to study business and finance.
Her school activities include cheerleading, being on the student council and being an honors society member.
Katey Melchiorre will also attend UF, and will study political science.
Her school activities include being soccer captain, senior class president, and vice-president of the Key Club.
Amanda Niemczyk will attend Florida Gulf Coast University to study international business.
She is president of the school’s Key Club, and like the other young adults, said she was grateful for the community’s generosity channeled through fundraising activities by the Chamber.
Jade Dworkin plans to follow physical therapy at the University of Florida. She is her school’s cross country captain.
Greg Hauze will study engineering, possibly aeronautical, at the University of Florida. He is the school’s golf and tennis captain, has been on the debating team and, like the others, is a consistent honor student.
Introducing the scholarship awardees to the gathering, Chamber president Joyce McFarland said most of the money derives from the Wet Pain Live function in which local artists paint for a day and then have their work auctioned off the same evening.
“We were most impressed by all the applicants,” McFarland said. “They told us where they were going and what their goals are.”
She said the chosen recipients were thoroughly worthy of the distinction.