Four local students received scholarship checks from the Key Biscayne Woman’s Club.
Recipients Aranzta Garcia, Ignacio Abbondati, Peter Kellogg and Isabella Dominguez, along with their parents, met with members of the Woman’s Club at Dottie Devaney-Goldman for a brunch in May for the presentation of the checks.
Shayna Lopate, the club’s outgoing president, noted that all four scholarships were awarded to residents of Key Biscayne, including two currently at MAST Academy, one from Coral Gables High School and the fourth third-year law student at Cal -Berkeley.
The scholarship recipients are each outstanding student with accomplishments in and out of the classroom. This award aims to encourage students to continue to excel in their studies.
The awarding of scholarships is the heart and soul of the Woman’s Club, which is in its 68th year. The club raises funds for scholarships with bake sales, raffles, Georgia pecan sales, member events, and donations as part of its activities.
Fellowship committee members Karen Llorente, Staria Petersen and Dottie Devaney-Goldman have been the backbone of this ongoing effort.
Following the May scholarship award, a new roster of club officials was presented, with Karen Llorente as the new president.
Here are the scholarship students:
From left to right: Arantza Garcia, Ignacio Abbondati, Peter Kellogg and Isabella Dominguez
I’m a senior at MAST Academy on my way to study behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins. I’ve been fascinated by biology since I was little, but it was my love for snorkeling and gardening that made me realize that I wanted to dedicate my life to better understanding living organisms. In the coming year, I plan to participate in research to explore the applications of behavioral biology that I want to explore further.
Beyond biology, I will continue to play the piano and draw throughout college. The support and motivation that this scholarship has offered me will help me balance these different aspects of my university life. Thank you to the Key Biscayne Woman’s Club for working tirelessly to support our community and help me continue my education.
I am currently a second year student at Berkeley Law School and alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where I obtained my masters and bachelor’s degrees in criminology, with a specialization in international development.
Prior to my law school, I served my community for five years as an educator. For three years, I taught grade 5 in Little Haiti as part of the Teach for America program. Then I taught abroad in Madrid, Spain. I hope to become a juvenile judge one day.
I would like to reiterate my gratitude to the Key Biscayne Women’s Club for this scholarship.
I will be graduating from MAST Academy and going to Purdue University next fall. I was born in Argentina and lived there for the first 10 years of my life, before moving to Brazil and then to Miami.
As I embark on this new journey, the support of my community strengthens my motivation and my pride. Having people who trust me and see potential in me makes me much more grateful for what’s to come.
I chose Purdue University because of its excellent engineering program and the opportunities I will find there. I firmly believe that in Purdue I will be able to develop my love for physics and space. My dream is to someday work at SpaceX, working for the advancement of space exploration and technological improvements.
Once again, thank you very much, and I look forward to staying in touch with this club for years to come.
I will be graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School, IB Academy. I will be attending my father’s alma mater, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska – the third generation to attend.
I grew up in Key Biscayne, like my mom, Jackie Gross Kellogg. At the moment, I am interested in studying economics. Growing up in Key Biscayne, I enjoyed playing soccer, rugby, and surfing. When I was younger I loved baseball, football and basketball in Key Rat. I attended Key Biscayne K-8 and really liked all of my teachers.
I hope to continue playing the cello at Creighton University. I started playing when I was 8 years old with KB Strings and I am very grateful to Mrs. Ali Larson and Alain Orbiz for teaching me how to play.
This summer I’m going to work at the Beach Club and save my money for school. Key Biscayne will always be my home and I intend to give back to the next generation as best I can. Thank you again for your scholarship and your trust in me.