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Westfield Rotary Presents $95,500 to College-Bound Scholars

June 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan and high school principal, Peter Renwick, were honored guests June 4 as the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation presented 22 local college-bound students with scholarships totaling $95,500 at the organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon held at the Westfield Area YMCA. 

Liz Ensslin, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee, presided over the scholarship presentations in collaboration with the selection committee comprised of Rotarians Mary Ellen O’Boyle, Jason Astel, Margaret Subhas, Philip Richardson and Dr. Elaine Swingle.  Criteria for consideration, according to Ensslin, are based on academic achievement, service to the community and financial need.  Recipients must be residents of the town who are graduating seniors enrolled in an accredited high school.

Sherry Cronin, who is chairman of the Rotary foundation board, states that more than $2.6 million has been awarded to Westfield scholars since the club’s inception of the scholarship fund in 1923.  She explains, “Rotary’s group of scholarships are financed by proceeds from the club’s yearly Pancake Breakfast, Grand Raffle and a managed fund comprised of donations and bequests by Rotarians, their families and friends.  The club foundation’s Scholarship Committee also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.”

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For the first time in this century a scholarship in memory of Rotarian Robert and Winifred Read for a graduate student studying law was presented by Pamela Read to Christina Obiajulu who is enrolled at Colombia University Law School.  She will receive $10,000.  

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 Courtney Han who will attend Rutgers University and to Joseph Obiajulu who will attend Princeton University.  A $10,000 scholarship to be paid over the course of four years honoring Westfield Rotarians Living and Deceased was awarded to Sonya Khedr who will attend High Point University. 

A scholarship in Memory of Rotarian Harry Sturcke valued at $5,000 went to Jin Pengju who will attend Carnegie Mellon University.  A $3,000 scholarship in memory of Linda Read combined with one for $2,000 in honor of Rotarians Living and Deceased was presented to Jimmy Yang for Boston College.  Alana Zepka received a $4,000 Sturcke scholarship to attend The College of New Jersey.  Christopher Harris who will attend James Madison University and Alexandra Brown who is going to the University of Richmond each received $2,500 Sturcke scholarships. 

A $3,000 scholarship in memory of Linda Read for Health Sciences, was presented by Pamela Read, to Kristin Troutman who will attend Vanderbilt University.  A second award of $3,000 in memory of Linda Read was presented to Katelyn Kelly for Sacred Heart University. 

Mary McDermott, who is going to Saint Joseph’s University and Megan McCusker who is going to Loyola University each received $2,500 in memory of Georgiana Pollack. 

Liam Collins, who will attend Siena College, was presented with a $2,500 scholarship in memory of Chester Gerdes by Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation. 

Mrs. Chance presented $2,500 scholarships in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace to Jason Colasanti for the University of Maryland and Nicole Boretz for the University of Central Florida.

Meghan Reilly, who will attend Lehigh University, received a $1,500 scholarship in memory of Rotarian Emerson Thomas.  

Two $1,500 scholarships in memory of Georgiana Pollack were presented to Allison Hecht who will attend McGill University and to Jessica Ciampa for Loyola University.

Patrick Terry, who will attend Duke University received a $1,500 scholarship in honor of Rotarians Living and Deceased.

Two other awardees received $1,000 scholarships honoring Rotarians.  They are: Paul Lizzo, NJ Institute of Technology and Joanna McCormack, MA College of Pharmacy and Health Science.

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