Katelyn Joy Derstine ScholarshipKatelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship
UPDATE: $45,000 scholarships awarded & completed; donations now support Papillon Clubs
Katelyn Joy Derstine

The Katelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship Fund, Inc., Fly High Award,” was established in 2007 by Katelyn’s mother, Bambi Famous Kaine, as a tribute to the legacy and profound impact her daughter Katelyn had on the lives of many young adults in the Sarasota community in her twenty short years. Katelyn’s spirit was one of youth and vibrancy coupled with a spirit that transcended generations. Young and old were drawn to and inspired by the life and love of Katelyn.

Katelyn graduated from Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida where her long list of leadership roles, activities, and honors included Highland Dancer, Homecoming Queen, Senior Notable-"Most-Involved" and President of the Key Club. She was a violinist in both the Riverview Orchestra and the Florida West Coast Youth Symphony and a 2004 Sarasota debutante. Tragically, she lost her life all too soon and innocently as a passenger in a car crash on June 15, 2006, as she began her junior year as an Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Florida. The “Fly High Award” was inspired by Katelyn's fondness for butterflies and her words surrounded by a butterfly drawing she created.

Papillon Club at Riverview High School: www.papillonrhs.com

Riverview High School welcomed its founding members and installed officers of the newly formed 2010 Papillon Club during an installation tea at Casa de Mariposa on Siesta Key in May 2010. Casa de Mariposa has now become the host of the annual spring installation tea for incoming Papillon Club mentors and officers. 2012-2103 we welcomed Booker High School as they too formed a Papillon Club. We are pleased to anounce the formation of the 2014-2015 Sarasota Military Academy Papillon Club!

The new members are all rising juniors and seniors at Riverview and Booker High Schools and Sarasota Military Academy, nominated by teachers. The club will match select high school junior and  senior girls with interested incoming freshman girls. The idea arose from the need of incoming freshman to have a feeling of belonging, a place to have questions answered and a "big sister" mentor. The purpose of this club is to mentor freshmen, to foster friendships and bonds amongst all grade levels, to create a safe environment for new students to ask questions and to have a positive direction , and do community outreach projects.

The idea for the name of the club came from a past Riverview graduate, Katelyn Joy Derstine, who exemplified the club's ideals for mentorship and was killed in a motor vehicle accident while attending the University of Florida. Katelyn was an environmental horticulture major and had a fond appreciation for butterflies.

Club sponsors are guidance counselor Vicki Hughes and teacher Diane Bassett. Advisory board members include Dr. Paul Gallagher and Bambi Famous Kaine, Derstine's mother, who is president of the Katelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship Fund and a benefactor of Papillon Club. Welcom Elizabeth Gunio, Booker High School  and Katherine Cianci, Sarasota Military Academy !

Papillon Club has now expanded to include junior and senior mentors. Additionally, Sarsaota County area high schools are entertaining the idea of forming their own Papillon club in the fall of 2012. As a pilot program in Sarasota County, one of Papillon's goals is to be the pioneer of mentoring clubs within Sarasota County and beyond with the hopes of  expanding mentoring opportunities to middle school students.

“Once while I was struggling to climb, I asked God to give me a sign. A sign that would tell me You were thinking about me and still loving me…to give me the strength to keep climbing. He did…He gave me a Butterfly.”

Apply to the Fly High Award
Currently open to Sarasota County senior graduating females planning to further their education at accredited colleges, the “Fly High Award” is presented annually as a financial scholarship to students who demonstrate character traits exemplified by Katelyn through their academic excellence and solid promise of continuing, life-long dedication to selflessness. Read More →

Welcome! Booker High School Papillon Club!

Fly High Award Recipients
We are proud to present our 2007-2014 Fly High Award recipient profiles! Read More →

Congratulations Alexandria Twigg our 2014 Fly High Award recipient!

We are pleased to announce YTD:

$45,000 in scholarships have been distributed to 39 incredible young ladies in Sarasota County!

Thank you for your continued support!