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Established 1963

The Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was established in October 1963 as part of the Kiwanis Club of Schenectady organization for the purpose of accepting gifts in honor of Kiwanis members, family members and friends and bequests to honor Kiwanis members who have passed away.  All gifts to the Kiwanis Foundation are deductible to the extent that tax laws will allow.

Foundation grants are awarded, primarily, to graduating students to help attain vocational or academic excellence, assistance to handicapped youth through local institutions and also to youth development organizations to combat juvenile deliquency.  Grants are limited to income generated from the corpus of investments that have been donated or bequethed to the Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation.  Therefore awards will vary from year to year. 


Memorial Gifts

In memory of Susan Watson
Dixie Aniolek           David Cabaniss
Thomas Ciancetta and Patricia ClausI
Sharran Coppola    
Michael DellaRocco
Kevin and Wendy Loukes
McDonald and Giometti families
Dr. Bernard F. and Barbara McEvoy
Ms. Anne Phillips        Richard Purga
Vicki and Elcid Ramotar
Rebecca Smith
Robert and Carol Reid
Kate Toombs          Alma Willey

Gifts in memory of Donald Brown
Heather Peterson     Stephen Mathes     Thomas Ciancetta




Mail your gift to:

Kim Siciliano
Kiwanis Foundation Secretary
44 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY  12305

Your tax deductible gift, not the amount, will be acknowledged to the family or family member you so designate.  


2017 Student Grant Application:

2017 Student Grant Release Form:

The Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to offer selected graduating high school students grants of $500 or more toward their post high school education.  Grants are typically awarded to HS seniors going on to college or a vocation school.  Grants are awarded to students who reside in the City of Schenectady.  Grant awards are based upon need, academic performance, potential to succeed and other positive qualities that will support a student to be successful.  Personal adversity and altruistic volunteerism showing strength of character and determination will be important in the decision to make an award.  Applicants should be be sure to mention any connection to Kiwanis one may have. 

ALL 2017 grants have been awarded.

Submissions of applicatoion forms for 2018 will be announced in January 2018.
The Application MUST be accompanied by the release form in order to be considered for a grant.  The RELEASE FORM must be signed by the student and parent or guardian allowing permission to publish recipients information which is limited to student's name, future plans for education, volunteer service, extracurricular actvities and parents'/guardians' name(s).  Addresses, phone numbers, GPA will not be made public.  

You will be required to submit proof of matriculation of your college enrollment to the Kiwanis Foundation before receiving your grant check.
If you have questions, please contact Tom Ciancetta Foundation President at 518-339-9245 or E-mail

Past Recipients:

2016 Foundation grant recipients


Schenectady Kiwanis members welcomed 4 of our recent 2016 Foundation Grant recipients.  This year Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation awarded $8000 in grants to students who were advancing their education in college or trades.  The awards are given yearly to those who demonstrate, academic success, extra-curricular programs and community service.   Pictured l-r are Thomas Ciancetta, Foundation president, grant recipients Troy Dickson,  Emma Ward, Shelby Peltier,  Benjamin Ward and Kiwanis president Kathy Fialkowski.   

Ryan Chandler

Ryan Chandler, a graduate of Schenectady High School in June of 2004, attended Bentley College in Waltham, MA receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in General Business and Management in May of 2008.  He received honors as an academic presidential scholar and Dean's list student.  He studied at the University of Hong Kong in 2006 during a semester abroad gaining valuable lessons of world diversity and economic conditions as well as participated in work study programs.  His career path and interests are exciting as he hopes to participate in the globaliztion of a major corporate business community.

Ryan spoke at a regular noon Kiwanis meeting on May 28, 2008 giving thanks to the Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation for their financial support while he attended college.  For those students graduating from Schenectady High School who would like to talk to him, you may reach him by email at

2012 Grant Recipients

Presenting checks to Schenectady High School seniors going to college in the Fall of 2012 are (left) Sharran Coppola, Schenectady Foundation President and (right) Doug McPhee, Kiwanis of Schenectady President.  Those receiving checks from left to right are Pamela Woods, Mikaela Burke, Steven Widdis and Stephanie Landers. 

2011 Grant Recipients

The Class of 2011 Schenectady Kiwanis Grant recipients from Schenectady High School

The Foundation President, Sharran A. Coppola presented checks totaling $ 5,200 to the above graduating Schenectady High School seniors. They were selected through an application process which was reviewed by a Foundation selection committee based on excellence in academic and community volunteerism.  We wish them the very best for their exciting new studies and vocational careers.

Shin Yang
will be attending Clarkson University majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Joshua Goldstein
will be attending SUNY Oneonta majoring in Elementary Education.

Dana Mancini
will be attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry majoring in Environmental Biology.

Anasia Thompson
will be attending SUNY Potsdam majoring in Environmental Science.

Joshua Feilds
will be attending Union College majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Tamana Bishmallah
will be attending Union College majoring in Pre-Med.

Anisa Arcos
 will be attending SUNY New Paltz majoring in Sociology and Psychology 

2010 Grant Recipients

Students from Schenectady High School, Chitrani Gopi, Fareeza Islam, Mala Persaud and Dylan Boyer, where presented grant checks to attend college this Fall 2010 by President Steve Mathes of the Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation at the Schenectady Kiwanis Annual Picnic held in Central Park at the Isabella Pavilion on August 11, 2010.  These exceptional students were selected not only for their academic success and rigorous course of study but for their contribution to the community, perseverance with adversity and financial need.  They are a tribute to the excellence in education at Schenectady High School.  We wish them much success.  They will be attending Hunter College, Colgate University and State University of New York at Canton. One additional grant was awarded. to Kervin Alcindor who will be attending SCCC. 

Mala Persuad
- Hunter College School of Arts and Science Fall 2010

Objective –  Pediatrician in NYS


Fareeza Islam
– Colgate University

Objective –   Biomedical Engineer

Chitrani Gopi
– Colgate University

Objective - undetermined

Dylan Boyer – SUNY Canton

Objective – Criminal Investigation

Kervin Alcindor – SCCC

Objective – Computer Science

A check was presented to Kervin at a Kiwanis meeting on September 15th 2010.  Wendy Voelker Kiwanis President and Steve Mathes Foundation President congratulate Kervin 

2009 Grant Recipients

We are very pleased to have presented checks to two of our six recipients at the Kiwanis annual picnic on August 10, 2009 in the Isabella Pavilion of Central Park.  From left to right is Camellia Loojune who will be attending Syracuse University this fall in accounting. She has already completed advanced placement courses at Siena College.  Presenting the checks is Tom Ciancetta Foundation president. On the right is Latashia Terry, who will be entering Schenectady County Community College.  She is the winner of the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady Youth of the Year 2008-2009 award. Latashia plans to study business administration and pursue a four year degree at Albany State.

In addition to having such fine students and their guests, we were deeply appreciative for Sarah Curcio, Schenectady High School Guidance Counselor, to participate in this event.  

Foundation Vice President, Steve Mathes, presents grant checks to Anthony Hazlett and Jinny Cheung at a Kiwanis regular meeting on August 27th 2009.  Mr. Hazlett is pursuing an engineering and law degree program.  He will begin at SCCC anticipating a transfer to RPI for his sophomore year in 2010.  Ms. Cheung will be attending Syracuse University in the business school program.  Both Students were exceptional students from Schenectady High School in the IB program. 

2008 Grant Recipients

Ms. Elizabeth Frederick, Ms. Jessica Cydylo, Ms. Brynna Baldauf, Ms. Sarah P. McTiernan, Ms. Gabriella M. Morris, Ms. Marika Sitz, Ms. Jamie L. Song, and Ms Tameka E. Wilkes (not shown)

Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Recipient - 2006
Elizabeth Mazzone, a graduate of Schenectady High School in June of 2006, is now in her Junior year at SUNY Potsdam.  She is in the Honors Program and on the President's list status to graduate with Honors in June of 2010.

She is actively involved with Circle K, elected as their Comptroller for the 2008-2009 school year.  She has participated in many of their volunteer activities such as Relay for Life, 30 hour Famine, Make a Child Smile Cards and visits to the local nursing homes.  She is deeply grateful for the financial support provided by the Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation to assist her in achieving her academic goal.

(Elizabeth Mazzone is first person on left. Other students are not identified.)