March 12 is the deadline for graduating seniors to submit their applications to the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship Committee according to Liz Ensslin, committee chair. To be eligible applicants must be residents of Westfield, attending Westfield High School or other public or private high schools.
The Westfield Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship Program is the oldest and largest in the town having awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships to more than 1600 students since its inception in 1923 according to Elizabeth Ensslin, who chairs this year’s scholarship selection committee. Other committee members are Rotarians Mary Ellen O’Boyle, Maggie Subhas, Dr. Elaine Swingle, Nancy Jackson, Marcus Millet and Lowell Schantz.
The criteria for consideration, according to Mrs. Ensslin, are academic achievement, financial need and community service. She explains, “The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self.’” Therefore, the service aspect of each applicant’s resume is particularly important to the committee.”
Ray Kostyack, who is chairman of the Rotary foundation board, states, “Rotary’s group of scholarships, none of which is less than $1,000, are financed by proceeds from the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast, other fundraisers during the year, and a managed fund comprised of donations and bequests by Rotarians, their families and friends. In addition to its own scholarship program, the club’s foundation also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.”
WHS seniors may only apply for a Rotary scholarship by contacting their guidance counselor to obtain the appropriate instructions and forms. Seniors who live in town and will be graduating from other high schools may download from the Rotary website http://.wetfieldrotary.com and complete the supplemental application with its specified components and mail to Mrs. Liz Ensslin, Chairman, Westfield Rotary Scholarship, C/o Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. Email applications will not be accepted.