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As the current school year comes to a close, ten local students have received assistance toward their higher education thanks to scholarships awarded to them by the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory.
The club awarded ten scholarships, amounting to a total of $32,000.00 to six graduating seniors from four high schools in Catawba County and to four rising or currently enrolled CVCC students.
High school award winners were chosen from applicants graduating from a high school in the county, based on academic excellence, financial need, and each student’s personal demonstration of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” The Catawba Valley Community College Foundation chose its Rotary scholarship recipients according to identical criteria set by the club that had been publicized and distributed to qualifying CVCC students by the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
All Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarship recipients for the year 2010 received scholarship certificates and were invited to join the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory for lunch where they introduced themselves to the full membership.
Graduating high school recipients are: Kara Bentley, graduate of Newton-Conover High School, attending Appalachian State University; Kinsley Carter, graduate of Newton Conover High School, attending North Carolina State University; Kirby Patton, graduate of Hickory High School, attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Jacob Richard, graduate of Maiden High School, attending the Western Carolina University; Charles Gaither, graduate of Bunker Hill High School, attending North Carolina State University; and, April Gogdell, graduate of Bunker Hill High School, attending the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Rotary / CVCC Foundation awards for students attending CVCC are: Caleb Craig, Roberta Handlin, Margaret Sjaardema and Tyler Turner.
The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, with over 120 members and the support of numerous community businesses and individual sponsors, raises scholarship funds each Spring by hosting the Galaxy Shootout Soccer Tournament, a youth event that has become one of North Carolina’s largest youth soccer tournaments.
Since the Scholarship program was established in 1983, the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory has distributed over $438,000 in scholarships to approximately 155 local high school students who demonstrate financial need and exemplify “service above self” – which is the motto of Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is committed to the motto “Service Above Self” and strives to enrich our community by giving our time, talents and charitable gifts in the name of Rotary. Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Scholarships were given to several deserving students during a recent Rotary club meeting. The scholarships were provided as part of the fundraising effort from the recent Galaxy Shootout Soccer Tournament.