The Fortnightly Club of Summit announced the recipients of their 2020 scholarships: Julissa Lopez, attending Monmouth University; Michelle Yang, attending University of Michigan; and Elsbeth Rogers, attending Washington University St. Louis.
These young scholars were awarded a total of $10,000 for their college education. In past years, funds for the scholarship were raised from The Fortnightly Club's annual spring luncheon. However, this year’s fundraiser luncheon was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Instead, the Club hosted a “Stay Home Scholarship Luncheon” where members stayed home but still donated to the Club’s Scholarship Fund.
“We feel fortunate to raise the funds to award three scholarships this year. Many thanks go out to the generosity of our club members and donors during these trying times”, said Terry Andrews, The Fortnightly Club president.
Helping young women as they begin their adult lives is a significant way for The Fortnightly Club to give back to the community. Each year, college scholarships are awarded to deserving young women who meet the criteria that they are graduating seniors from Summit, planning to attend a four year college, and majoring in a professional, business or scientific field. The award is based on academic merit, community service and financial need.
Additional funding for the scholarship was provided by The Sherry Rawson Scholarship and The Martha Moxley Foundation.
The Sherry Rawson Scholarship was created in 2014 in honor of a beloved former Club member and scholarship chairwoman. Upon her death in December 2013, Sherry requested that memorial donations from her family and friends be given to the Fortnightly Club Scholarship Fund. Consequently the Club created this additional scholarship in her honor. Club member support of this initiative is much appreciated. The Club hopes to continue this memorial scholarship in perpetuity through additional donations given with annual membership dues.
The Fortnightly Club thanks The Martha Moxley Foundation whose mission is to support scholarships and student loans. This Foundation was created by Fortnightly Club member Dorthy Moxley in memory of her daughter Martha.
To find out more about The Fortnightly Club of Summit, please visit www.fortnightlyclub.org.