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  • From leading to Tweeting, scholarships can be won in some unexpected ways.

    When you packed your bags and headed to campus, chances are you had a major already in mind. But then you started taking your chosen courses and realized something just wasn’t working. If so, you’re not alone.

    The National Center for Education Statistics reports that about 80 percent of college students end up changing their majors at least once—and the average student will switch at least three times. That can mean you’ll take longer to graduate and spend more money in the process.

    Maybe you never settled on a major and are still on the quest for the perfect fit. Or you love your major, but some financial assistance sure would be helpful. In any case, you could use a little inspiration—and a lot more cash to pursue it. Where do you start your quest? The key is to seek out unique ways to use your particular skills and interests.

    If you’re a student athlete—or just into working out—for example, the U.S. Army has two-and three-year scholarship opportunities for currently enrolled college students through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.  ROTC scholarships can pay full tuition and fees, including money for books and supplies and an annual monthly stipend. And you don’t have to be an All Star athlete to apply.

    “It doesn’t have to be organized sports,” says Joe O’Donnell of the United States Army Cadet Command. “But the Army is comprised of top athletes. We do want to make sure you have the physical skills: the endurance, the stamina. We look for participation in either individual or team athletics…through your school, community athletic events, a recreational league—even participation in things like 5K races.”

    Yes, you’ll also need to have excelled in your academic environment—the Army will review your SAT or ACT scores, as well as your GPA. And leadership skills are important too.

    “We look for students who are passionate about community service and leadership. If you like to lead, you'll probably do well in the Army. ROTC will continue to foster your leadership and development skills well beyond the college classroom. Our cadets are better prepared for in-demand careers upon graduation.”

    But wait, you say. That means I’ll be on a plane to an Army base the day after I get my diploma, right? Not necessarily, says O’Donnell.

    “The scholarship itself does not require everybody after they graduate college to go on active duty. They could also serve the time in the National Guard or the Army Reserve…You have a lot of flexibility in what you can do on the other side of your college experience.” 

    You will, however, be expected to serve with the Army in some capacity for eight years post-graduation, and that means devoting some weekends and summer vacation to drills and other training – in areas like information technology, computer programming and even medicine. 

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    If the Army is not what you’re looking for and you’d like something a little less physical? You might be surprised at how your particular interests and skills can pay off. Whether you’re into STEM, art or social media, you’ll find a little exploration can result in scholarship gold. 

    Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

    Amount: $10,000

    Where: United States and D.C. American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

    If you’re skilled in photography, art or computer graphics, you could score this scholarship. Submit an original creation perfect for the front of a greeting card; if you win, you’ll get the cash and see your design on cards sold through The Gallery Collection company. 

    For more information: 

    CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

    Amount: $5,000

    Where: 50 United States and D.C., Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands

    Are you feeling lucky? Enroll in Wells Fargo’s free CollegeSTEPS program and you’re automatically entered in this sweepstakes. Twice a year, a random drawing designates three scholarships—no essays involved. 

    For more information: 

    Society of Women Engineers

    Amount: $1,000-$15,000
    Where: Certain ones available only to U.S. residents or permanent citizens, others offered more broadly

    If you’re a woman pursuing a career in engineering, engineering technology and/or computer science, the Society of Women Engineers offers a variety scholarships worth a collective $750,000 each year. You’ll only have to complete one application to be considered for all scholarships for which you’d be eligible.

  • Give A Day to Circle K

    Members of Circle K International are known for their dedication to service.  Many members give countless hours of service with their clubs and on their own. Because of this dedication, the 2016-17 Circle K International Board is asking each member to Give A Day to Circle K by completing 24 hours of service from now until July 9, 2017. The service hours can come from club service projects or even volunteering on  your own. Just keep track of your hours and when you've completed 24 hours of service, post a picture on social media using the hashtage #GiveADay17 and see how other members are serving their 24 hours. If one person can change the world, imagine what the world's largest, student-led service organization can do! 

    So, how do you commit to Give A Day to Circle K? It's easy-

    1. Join our Thunderclap Campaign to let us know you've committed to Give A Day to Circle K!  
    2. Do what Circle K members do best- SERVE!
    3. Keep track of your service hours- we're on the honor system here.
    4. Complete 24 hours of service and post your photo with the #GiveADay17  hashtag on social media
    5. Give yourself a pat on the back for doing a great job! 

    We even have some cool social media tools for you to download-

  • Show Your Love, Save A Life ideas to benefit March of Dimes

    There are many ways to raise money for March of Dimes during Show Your Love, Save A Life. We're providing a few ideas to get you thinking. 

    1. Purple treats- Do you have any aspiring chefs in your club? Now is their time to shine. Use their talents to use and bake up some goodies to sell. Decorate them with purple frosting and sprinkles. Sell the treats in a high traffic area on campus. Check out this adorable cupcake idea from Lindsay Weiss of SugarMamaCooks.Com
    2. Pound auction- Hold a Pound Auction at a club meeting in February. Every person brings something weighing a pound. It can be candy, treats, sugar, rocks… as long as it weighs a pound.  The item must be wrapped so members do not know what they are bidding on during the auction. Members bid on the wrapped items. The highest bidder wins the item and should unwrap it at that time to show the others what they won.
    3. Design a Piggy Bank- Work with a local paint your own pottery studio and invite other organizations on campus to join in and decorate a piggy bank. Once the piggy banks have been fired by the studio, display them in a high traffic area on campus. Passersby will vote for their favorite design. 1 penny = 1 vote. The winning pig is the one that collects the most donations. The money from the pigs is donated to March of Dimes and the winning organization wins a prize or bragging rights.
    4. Souper Bowl for Babies- Everyone knows the Super Bowl is huge sporting event. Why not play off that event and host your own Souper Bowl for Babies? Instead of touchdowns, attendees score a bowl of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Set fees for individual meals and family meals. Work with a variety of local restaurants to obtain food donations- be sure to give those participating restaurants publicity at your event. But the event isn't just about eating, it's also about selling special soup bowls at a silent auction at your event. Work with the art department on campus or with a local pottery studio to create soup bowls for the silent auction. Ask local artists to paint a bowl to be auctioned off as well.  Plan entertainment for the event, too. Be sure to promote the Souper Bowl For Babies to the community and provide information about March of Dimes to those attending your event.  
    5. Mile of Dimes Campaign- To set up your Mile of Dimes, measure out 5,280 feet of ribbon (which equals one mile.) Be creative with your ribbon and place it in a unique shape, such as the March of Dimes logo or spiral shape, or simply place the ribbon in a straight line. Then, have donors place their dimes side by side on the surface of the ribbon. After the ribbon is filled up, give yourself a BIG pat on the back because you’ve raised over $9,000 towards lifesaving research for babies!
    6. Sell Valentine’s Day Cards-Everyone loves giving and receiving Valentine's Day cards. Create a card template with the March of Dimes logo and sell them to raise money for the campaign. The great thing about Valentine's Day cards are that they can be given to a significant other, friend or family member. Plan to sell the cards a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day as well as the day before and on February 14. Additional ideas to boost your card selling: Create a Valentine's Day-themed photo booth. Ask a club member to lend a camera and some cool props, as well as a high quality printer. The snapshots will be amazing and cool memories for everyone.

  • Texas A&M Galveston CKI students help community with boat restoration

    In Galveston, Texas, community efforts to restore an old shrimp boat have benefitted from the Texas A&M Circle K International club. When the 2016–17 school started, restoration of the 1937 boat became one of the first projects tackled by the club.
    Club members got involved in the restoration after Linda Stevens, Texas A&M at Galveston CKI president, met a local woman who volunteered on the project. The two struck up a conversation and the boat restoration was mentioned. Linda quickly got involved and realized it was something other club members would enjoy, too. Work began in August, cleaning the inside and outside, moving equipment and tools and helping local volunteers bring the old vessel back to its 1930s heyday. 
    Of the 24 club members, 10 have helped with the Santa Maria restoration. The club also has volunteered doing similar work at Seawolf Park with the U.S.S. Cavalla, a World War II submarine, and with the U.S.S. Stewart, a destroyer escort.

    “The history of the Santa Maria and the feeling you get being on that boat is all too real,” Linda said. “It’s like the feeling you get when you go to your grandparent’s house. Even if you have never been on that boat before, you can feel all the memories and history.”
    A marine biology major, Linda values the historical importance of Galveston and recognizes the shrimp boat is one of the remaining chapters of a rich nautical story.
    “What attracted me most was probably all the love and importance shown by those trying to preserve the Santa Maria,” she said.
    When beginning college, Linda says she fell in love with “everything CKI stood for” and wanted to introduce that feeling to others. She’s served as secretary and president and said she’s been introduced to wonderful opportunities through service with CKI.

    “CKI has allowed me to grow as a leader and a human being,” Linda said. “I have always had a desire to serve others, but this organization has allowed me to go above and beyond what I ever thought I could do, by bringing students together and making our community better, as well as making great friends.”

    Joe Grillo (left) and Linda Stevens (right)

    right to left: Kristen Iannello, Nola Canann, Marissa Malinoski, Rebecca Burgamy, Robert Mani, Steven Lopez, Hailey Lawson, Kai Jie Sheng, Martee Hathorn,  Josephine Sullivan, Craig Sullivan, Katherine Rodriguez, Christian Sullivan, Robert Mihovil, and Joe Grillo in front.(the first nine are members)

  • Call for Award Nominations

    Nominations for the  Outstanding CKI Alumni Award, Humanitarian Award, and the Circle of Service Award are now open. Please note the criteria for each award listed below. All nominations are due January 27. These awards will be presented at CKIx17 in San Antonio. 

    Outstanding CKI Alumni Award

    The Circle K International Outstanding Alumni Award is designed to recognize one outstanding Circle K Alumnus who has remained committed to the realization of mankind’s potential after his/her years as a Circle K member. To be eligible for this award, the nominated individual must have been a dues-paid member of Circle K International for at least one administrative year. Nominees may have continued with their involvement with the Kiwanis-family upon their graduation, have accomplishments in the non-profit or other service-oriented fields. However, this is not a requirement. The recipient of this award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

    How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Outstanding Alumni Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. Nominations are due January 27. Please send Jameson Root ( any nominees you might have for consideration.

    Humanitarian Award
    The Circle K International Humanitarian Award is designed to recognize one individual annually whose efforts on behalf of others have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world. Any individual who has had a positive impact on humanity is eligible to receive this award. Candidates may be nominated by any member in good standing with Circle K International. The recipient of the award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

    How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Humanitarian Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. The Humanitarian Award should also include examples of the positive impact of this individual on humanity. Nominations are due January 27. Please send Jamison Root ( any nominees you might have for consideration.

    Circle of Service Award
    The Circle of Service Award was created to annually recognize and honor an individual within Kiwanis International who has made the most outstanding contribution to all of Circle K International. Those individuals, who are neither salaried Kiwanis officials, nor Circle K members, shall be eligible to receive this award. A majority vote of the CKI Board will determine the winner of the award. Individuals may not be recognized with this award more than once. Individuals may be nominated by members of the CKI Board or a Circle K district governor. Recipients will be selected by the CKI Board for announcement at the following Circle K International Convention. If, in the determination of the CKI Board, no qualified nominees have been submitted, then the award shall not be given in that year.

    How to nominate: There is no official application form. The person making the nomination should use the criteria below to create a nomination packet. A completed application package must include a nomination essay, written by the nominator, and up to five supporting documents. The supporting documents may include essays by other individuals, letters of recommendation, or other documents as the nominator sees fit. Nomination packets may be mailed to Jameson Root at 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268 or emailed to and must be postmarked on or before January 27.

  • Updated downloads for 2016

    It's October and that means it's time for updated documents. 

    The following documents have been updated for 2016:

  • International Awards Task Force- Call for applications

    Are you interested in representing your fellow members on the international level? Do you have experience with awards on the district level? Do you enjoy writing assessments and evaluations? Well now's your chance to shine! An International Awards Task Force is being assembled and we need you to apply. Completed applications are due October 17 at 11:59 EDT. Download the application for complete details.  

  • March of Dimes "Give them tomorrow" initiative PowerPoint and Video link

    Is your club, division, or district looking for a simple, no cost way to support and promote March of Dimes? The month of November getting closer and that means Prematurity Awareness Month is on the horizon. Consider participating in March of Dimes newest initiative Give them tomorrow. Give them tomorrow is an integrated platform that unites the efforts of the March of Dimes, corporations, organizations and individuals to generate awareness and funding for the March of Dimes mission.
    Throughout the fall, the March of Dimes will incorporate this theme into all their actions as they seek to engage you, your friends and everyone you know.  

    Take some time to download the Give Them Tomorrow PowerPoint which includes information on the initiative, including a sixty second PSA. Share the information from the PowerPoint and the PSA with others who can help your club, division, and district support March of Dimes. 

  • Prematurity Awareness Month Activity Toolkit now available

    The March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month Activity Toolkit is now available for download. Use this toolkit to plan events on your campus or in your district. Don't forget to check out CKI social media for additional ideas and our Prematurity Awareness Month Pinterest Board for more ideas, too.  

  • Prematurity Awareness Month Fundraising Idea- Baskets for Babies

    Baskets for Babies

    A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is a great way to raise funds for March of Dimes by involving different campus organizations and community members. Your club will need to get the word out to field enough teams. Teams can be organized by age range- so you could have teams from the local middle and high school, your campus and even from the community.   

    Things you need:

    A gym- Check with your college/university to see if the space is open for your event and the cost to rent the space. In most cases, if the gym is not booked you can use the facilities for free or a very nominal fee. Make sure there is seating for those people interested in coming to watch the tournament. 
    Players/Teams- Each team should have 4 members so each team has one substitute. There are two ways to register players for the tournament. You can ask that teams be formed at the time of registration or if players cannot find enough players for a team, your club can pair up single players with others of the same age range and height.  Some organizations on campus will enter multiple teams. You can offer a discount to those organizations. 
    Brackets- Your club will need to determine when each team begins playing and create brackets for each age range. 
    Referees- Partner with members of the basketball teams to serve as referees and scorekeepers. You could co-organize the event with the basketball teams! 
    First Aid- Make sure to have ice packs, Band Aids, and Ace Bandages available in case of injuries. If you have an athletic training, physical therapy, nursing or pre-med students in your club this is something they can easily coordinate. 
    Scorekeeping equipment- In a 3-on-3 tournament, it’s easiest to keep score using flip-card scoring. You can make these or purchase them. You’ll need one for each court.   
    Concessions- Your spectators and players will get hungry. Have a concession stand selling food and drinks to those in attendance. Popcorn, canned soda, bottled water, chips, and candy are easy concession items. If you add items like hot dogs or sandwiches (like hamburgers and veggie burgers) you can increase your profits.  Club members should be in charge of the concession stand. You can provide information on prematurity, your club, Kiwanis and March of Dimes along with each item sold.  
    Prizes- Don't forget to provide prizes for the winners of each age range and invite someone from the local March of Dimes chapter to present the prizes at the conclusion of the tourney.
    Publicity- You’ll need a group of club members to create and distribute items to create a buzz around your event. This can be via social media, fliers around campus and speaking at meetings for other organizations. 
    Payment for your volunteers- Your volunteers are worth their weight in gold. While you can afford to pay them in cash, you can “pay” them for their time. One easy way to “pay” volunteers is providing food and drinks during the event. 
    Contact people for teams on tournament day- You should have one or two contact people for each age range on the day of the tournament. This person/people will make sure the teams get to the correct court and will fill out the brackets as each game is completed. Teams should know where to check-in upon arrival and who their point of contact is prior to arrival. 
    Admission- Spectators will want to come and watch their friends play in the tournament. You can charge a flat fee at the door or ask for a donation to March of Dimes. Make sure you have at least one person (and a money box with change) at each entrance at all times. 


    • If possible ask teams to wear the same shirt so it’s easy for the referees to distinguish one team from another. 
    • Set the registration fee dependent upon your campus. Most programs will charge $80 per team (or $20 per person) or more. 
    • If you want to provide a t-shirt for the event, work with local businesses to get sponsorship and use those funds to offset the price of the shirt. Put the sponsor’s names and logos on the back of the shirt as part of their sponsorship agreement. This is great publicity for your sponsors. 
    • Do you want to give trophies? Team up with a local trophy shop and ask them to donate the trophies in exchange for putting their name and logo on your t-shirts, too.  
    • Remember, the more items you can have donated through sponsorship, the more funds you can donate to March of Dimes. 
    • Invite the members of the campus and local media to cover your event. 
    Other fundraising ideas-  
    Hold other contests as part of the tournament- Add a Three Point Shooting Contest, Free Throw Shooting Contest and a Slam Dunk Contest (check with the gym manager before doing this because no one wants to pay for a shattered backboard.) Charge an entry fee for those who want to participate- this isn’t limited to those playing in the tournament. Give out prizes.  
    Raffles- Ask local businesses to donate items like gift cards. Sell chances to win donated items or services. 
    Get your faculty and Kiwanis members involved- Ask the president or dean of your college/institution to participate in a shoot out with your club president or another faculty member. It’s great to get different levels of the administration involved with student organizations. Don’t forget to ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club to participate, too. 

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