Rotary Club Awards Seven Scholarships to Local H.S. Seniors

Winners of 2014 Rotary scholarships, from left: Clare Flanagan (New Providence High School, headed to Boston College); Kirsten Peterson (NPHS, USC); Loren Sormani (Summit High School, American University); Daniel Restrepo (SHS, Union County College); Angelica Trindade (SHS, American); Michael Le (SHS, University of Richmond); and Catherine Canete (NPHS, Syracuse).

SUMMIT, NJ - Seven local high school seniors have received a total of $21,000 in college aid from the Rotary Club of Summit & New Providence.  Notable for both their academic achievement and community involvement, the students are the latest to benefit from the club’s 89-year history of awarding scholarships.

According to Vito Gallo, longtime chair of the club’s scholarship committee, “Rotary Scholarships are based upon student's community service, academic record, extra-curricular activities and financial need."  Thirty-four local students applied in 2014.

Incoming club president Jim Fleischmann said, “Perhaps the single most valuable asset a child can receive after a safe and secure home life is a solid education.  With that in mind, the Summit / New Providence Rotary is proud to grant scholarships to deserving high school seniors from both Summit High School and New Providence High School.”  Fleischmann also noted that the club has awarded more than 400 scholarships since 1926.

Guidance counselors at both high schools coordinate students’ applications for the scholarships. Those counselors and the high school principals attended the recent awards ceremonies, along with teachers and parents of the students. Also in attendance were the school superintendents, both of whom belong to Rotary.

Most of the club’s fundraising efforts are focused on the scholarship program.  This year’s fundraising has consisted of a 50-50 raffle, per-guest fee formal dinners hosted by club members, and various smaller efforts.  The most notable may be encouraging members to speak up at meetings, and then charging them $1 for the privilege.

Summit-New Providence Rotary members include many of the area’s leaders in business, government, non-profit services, and education.  The group meets for Monday lunch at the Grand Summit Hotel at 12:15 p.m..  For more information about Rotary’s activities, as well as contacts for membership or other inquiries, visit

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