The Kiwanis Club of Independence awarded scholarships to three young ladies at its club meeting at Ophelia’s restaurant on April 14.

Amaya Jimenez was awarded one of the three scholarships given by the Kiwanis Club. In addition, she was recently awarded the Kiwanis Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship at the MO-ARK Division IV meeting. Amaya is the Kiwanis Key Club president at Truman High School and involved in many school activities. She is a member of the track team and youth theater group, and also is the head cheerleader. Amaya is interested in communications and marketing.

Hannah Kimbrough and Nicolette Bowman both are seniors at William Chrisman High School. Hannah’s interests are in biology and engineering. She wants to study bioengineering and robotics. Nicolette plans to major in communications and would like to work for a nonprofit involving animals.

“All three have bright futures ahead and we wish them well as they head off to college,” said Debby Laufer, president of the Kiwanis Club of Independence.

Kiwanis is an international organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the lives of children.