Counselor Instructions for Scholarships

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarship Applications Instructions for Guidance Counselors

We are pleased to offer your students applications for the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarships. As in the past, it is anticipated that the scholarships granted will be for a four-year period. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be in the upper fifth (20%) of their graduating class at the time of the application, attend a high school in Catawba County, and demonstrate a financial need. Please emphasize the importance of a thorough financial need explanation to your students. After these three criteria are met, the motto of Rotary International, “Service Above Self,” will be the major basis for selection. “Service Above Self” loosely interpreted means contributions to school, church, community, etc.

Responses to questions on the enclosed application form may be computer generated, typewritten, or handwritten, so long as the handwriting is neat and legible. Applicants may reproduce the form (in same font and format) to facilitate ease in completion by computer.

The number of scholarship awards varies. For the past several years we have awarded $35,000.00 in scholarships to qualified applicants.  This year we again intend to continue to award scholarships at this same level of commitment. 

Recommendation letters from Guidance Counselors should include comments regarding any financial need that is of particular concern and should be attached to the application form, along with a high school transcript. Please do not send these items separately.  They can be properly sealed for privacy.

Application Deadline: Postmarked on or before April 8th 2022 and mailed to:

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory
c/o Bill Gruman
21 11th Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Scholarship Chairperson: Bill Gruman, (828) 328-9284 or by email at

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Your involvement in this process is truly appreciated!