The Katonah Chamber of Commerce awarded its annual Donald M. Foulke memorial scholarship June 12th to Kyle D. Winthers of Katonah.
Kyle, who will graduate from John Jay High School this month, will be attending the University of Buffalo in the fall to study Civil Engineering.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding service to the local Katonah community.
Kyle was selected from among an especially strong group of applicants. His many hours of volunteer work distinguished him; in a three-month span last year, Kyle volunteered more than 300 hours with the Katonah Fire Department. Two years ago, as part of completing his Eagle Scout project, he volunteered at Katonah Elementary School to build 3/4-mile nature trail, not only designing and carving the pathways but helping to create the supporting educational materials on the trail for the Katonah Volunteer Fire Department, Kyle also contributed time to the Katonah Library, the Katonah-Bedford Hills Ambulance corps, Ward Pound Ridge reservation, The Katonah Rotary Club, The Katonah American Legion, and also assisting two fellow boy scouts with their Eagle Scout projects.
The Chamber scholarship is named in memory of Donald M. “Misery” Foulke, secretary of the Chamber of commerce for many years, for his lifetime of service to the local community. Don was a veteran of the US Navy, serving in both WWII and Korea. Don worked for many years as manager of the Kelloggs & Lawrence hardware store and then as proprietor of Meserole’s locksmith, with a huge skeleton key atop his work van. He was a long time member of the Katonah Volunteer Fire department and especially remembered for his expertise & enthusiasm as one of the clowns in the annual fire parade.