SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit-New Providence Rotary has awarded $20,900 in scholarships to seven graduating high school seniors from the two communities, the 91st consecutive year that the group has awarded scholarships.

Criteria for the awards includes academic achievement, community and school involvement, and financial need. Most of the scholarships go to students at Summit and New Providence High schools but, for the second year, one award also went to a student at the Union County magnet schools.

In announcing the awards, Rotary member Ellen Dickson said, “These young people already exhibit high levels of achievement. We’re not taking a chance on them; they’ve already shown themselves to be winners.”

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Dickson chaired the scholarship committee, consisting of five Rotarians. The high school guidance departments coordinate distribution and processing of the students’ applications, but the choice of winners is made by Rotary.

These students received Rotary scholarships:
- Samantha Hanley, Summit High School , who will attend the Indiana University
- Juliana Nociara, Summit High School, going to New York University
- John Berardi, Summit High School, The College of New Jersey
- Ife Campbell, Summit High School, University of New Haven
- Alia Poticano, Summit High School, Rutgers University
- Lorik Berisha, New Providence High School, Rutgers University
- Cindy Weng, Union County Magnet School, New York University

Summit Rotary was founded in 1922 and later grew to include New Providence. In addition to its community service projects, the club’s major thrust is scholarships for college-bound seniors from Summit and New Providence.

The group meets for Monday lunch at the Grand Summit Hotel at 12:15 p.m.. For more information regarding Rotary, visit