Westfield Rotary Awards $99K in Scholarships to 20 Students

The Rotary Club of Westfield and Westfield Rotary Club Foundation presented 20 local college-bound students with scholarships totaling $99,000 June 3. Credits: Chung Kun Shih

Westfield, NJ The Rotary Club of Westfield and Westfield Rotary Club Foundation presented 20 college-bound students with scholarships totaling $99,000 at the organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon held at the Westfield Area Y on June 3. Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan and Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick were honored guests at the event. 

Scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, service to the community and financial need. Recipients are residents of Westfield who are graduating seniors enrolled in accredited high schools. 

“The committee members are to be congratulated on their diligence,” said Elizabeth Ensslin, co-chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee who presided over the scholarship presentations in collaboration with the selection committee comprised of Rotarians Marcus Millet, co-chairman; Mary Ellen O’Boyle; Nancy Jackson; and Philip Richardson. Betsy Chance, executive director of the Westfield Foundation, and several trustees were in attendance and joined in the presentations.

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"The applications and supporting details are carefully reviewed and every candidate receives a personal interview,” said Ensslin. “As we come to know the applicants pretty well through the process, it is especially gratifying to present them with their scholarships.”

Rotary Foundation Chairman Michael Miller said that nearly $3 million has been awarded to Westfield scholars since the inception of club’s scholarship fund in 1923. 

Rotary’s group of scholarships are financed by proceeds from the club’s yearly pancake breakfast, grand raffle and a fund managed by the Westfield Foundation comprised of donations and bequests by Rotarians, their families and friends. 

On behalf of The Westfield Foundation, two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each, to be paid over the course of four years. They went to Agatha Magierski, who will attend Tulane University, and to Alicia Kohl, who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology. Two more Wallace Foundation scholarships equaling $2,500 each were presented to Michelle Kostyack for Ohio State University and Matthew Nuzzo, who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology.

Michael Ionta, who will attend St. Peter’s University, was presented with $2,500 from the Chester A. Gerdes Scholarship fund managed by the Westfield Foundation.

Combined scholarships totaling $15,000, one in honor of Rotarians Living and Deceased, and the other in memory of Linda Read for Studies in the Health Sciences, were awarded to Michael Magierski, who will attend George Washington University. Linda Read Health Sciences scholarships of $2,000 each went to Kaitlin Abrams for Colgate University and Elena Scarano, who will attend Loyola University.

Two $5,000 Scholarships in Memory of Rotarian Harry Sturcke were awarded to Caroline Tanis, who will attend St. Joseph University, and Ida Chen for the University of Miami. Victor Magierski, who will attend Northeastern University, and Christopher McGlynn, who will attend Syracuse University, each received $3,000 in memory of Sturcke.

Two $5,000 scholarships designated for the study of law memorializing Rotarian Robert Read and his wife, Winifred, were presented to James Schiano for Ohio State and Austin Hatch, who will attend Colgate University.

Thomas Gerris was presented with $3,000 from the Estate of Georgianna Pollack for studies at Ohio State University. Andrew Capuano received $3,000 from a fund in memory of Rotarian Weyman Steengrafe. He will attend Bucknell University.

Joseph Vricella-Stokes, who will attend Tulane University, and Jeremi DeDe, who will go to Rutgers University, each received $3,000 from the fund honoring Rotarians Living and Deceased. Scholarships valued at $1,750 each honoring Rotarians Living and Deceased were presented to Deidre Romer, who will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Harry Brafman for Rutgers University.

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