The mission of the Kiwanis Turnaround Scholarship Program is to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have successfully faced adversity, to recognize their accomplishments, and to motivate them to pursue higher education.


During their high school years, these students have confronted serious personal problems which may include substance abuse and addiction, abusive parents and guardians, poverty, homelessness, physical handicap or illness challenges. Recipients are courageous young people who have overcome these obstacles and are looking forward to completing a 4-year college/university, a community college, or a trade school. Scholarships are provided to high school seniors who will be graduating at mid-year or at year-end of the current school year. Scholarships generally provide $1,000 per student, though amounts vary by club. The number of scholarships given annually is dependent upon fundraising success before review and selection of Turnaround Scholarship recipients.