On Thursday morning, officials with the Horizon City Kiwanis and school district officials announced the establishment of the Ben Narbuth Horizon City Kiwanis Endowed Scholarship.
Officials say the scholarship is designated for graduating high school seniors from the school districts of Clint, San Elizario and Socorro.
The scholarship was established by the Kiwanis Club of Horizon City at the Paso del Norte Community Foundation in honor of dedicated Kiwanis Club member and leader Ben Narbuth. Mr. Narbuth was born and grew up in Pennsylvania.
He served in the Army Nurse Corps and had tours at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Japan, Germany, Vietnam, Fort Knox, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Benning, and a final tour at William Beaumont Army Hospital.
Following retirement as a Colonel in 1979, he worked at Providence Memorial Hospital and Southwestern General Hospital.
Mr. Narbuth joined the Horizon City Kiwanis Club in 1996 and became active in the Terrific Kids program and in the Kiwanis Club’s main fundraiser, Charitable Bingo.
The Terrific Kids program grew from helping one school to benefiting thirty-five elementary schools in the Socorro, Clint and San Elizario school districts.
Terrific Kid recognition was aimed at students who had made real progress toward self-improvement, such as improved behavior in the classroom, reduced tardies, students who started being helpful to their teachers and fellow students, and whose homework was completed on-time.
Mr. Narbuth was a committed volunteer and made impacts in the lives of so many students until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and could no longer physically serve the community.
This endowed scholarship honors Mr. Narbuth’s service to the community and the role he played in delivering programming to students that positively changed their trajectory in life.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world on child and one community at a time. This endowed scholarship will meet the mission of Kiwanis International by assisting students in their efforts to better themselves through the pursuit of higher education or a trade skill with the hope that they will pay it forward upon their success in life.
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