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Scholarship Guidelines

Kaila Vanicek Memorial Scholarship

High School and former scholarship winners eligible
Scholarship Essay required

Kaila Vanicek’s gift was laughter. Her eyes could laugh as they danced with you, daring you and inviting you to join in the fun. Kaila was non verbal, but social. She enjoyed being around people and is remembered as a happy person with an infectious laugh. Kaila began her affiliation with the Grand Island Public Schools as an infant and was part of the Class of 2008. She was served by many educators, especially in special education who gave her their trademark brand of love. It is in this spirit, that Kaila’s parents, Rhonda Vanicek and the late Mike Vanicek, have established this scholarship fund. The intent is to help future educators develop their skills so that students can attain the same kind of life quality and happiness that Kaila had for herself and inspired in others.

The Kaila Vanicek Memorial Scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Amount and Terms

  • $1,000/varies x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High (current year or preceding 3 years)
  • Must major or minor in Education or Special Education.  Preference will be given to students seeking a degree in Special Education or Elementary Education

Essay Question

  • Write a statement about how you plan on impacting the life of a student with special needs. (Max 500 words)


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