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Scholarships given to city employees’ kids

June 14, 2017
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Two scholarships were given last week for the Employee Dependent Scholarship Program during the City Council meeting.

Those students include Alyssa Vetter, the daughter of Holly Vetter who has worked for the Sanibel Building Department for 23 years, as well as Alec Worth, son of Sgt. Dustin Worth of the Sanibel Police Department for 27 years.

Mayor Kevin Ruane said the city established the Employee Dependent Scholarship Program after Hurricane Charley. This year the scholarships were in the amount of $2,000.

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Holly Vetter, Mayor Kevin Ruane and Alyssa Vetter. Alyssa was one of the Employee Dependent Scholarship Program recipients.


Since 2005, more than $67,500 in scholarships has been granted through the Employee Dependent Program.

"This would not be possible without the support of contributions made by the Charitable Foundation of the Islands, also known as the Southwest Florida Community Foundation," Ruane said.

Vetter, a 2017 Cypress Lake High School graduate was also a dual enrollment student at Florida Southwestern State College. She will attend Florida Gulf Coast University this fall to pursue a nursing degree with a goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.

"I would like to thank both of you for your hard work, and congratulations," Ruane said.

Worth, who was not in attendance, is currently pursing a degree in human studies with an emphasis on constitutional law.

This is his third year in the program.

"On behalf of the City Council we would like to congratulate these scholarship recipients and we wish them much success," Ruane said.

Captiva Island Yacht Club also provided three scholarships for employee dependents to attend the 2017 Junior Sailing Summer Camp. Those students included Kaylee Kwek, daughter of Christopher Kwek, of the Sanibel Public Works Department; Kelsey Sutton, daughter of Sgt. Kenneth Sutton, of the Sanibel Police Department and Landon Williams, son of director Keith Williams of the Sanibel Public Works Department.

This is the fourth year the Captiva Island Yacht Club has worked with the city to provide these scholarships.



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