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Westfield Students Receive More Than $99K in Scholarships from Rotary

Fourteen graduating seniors were presented with a total of $99,500 in college scholarships at Westfield Rotary Club Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon June 2.  Credits: Westfield Rotary

Westfield, NJ – The Westfield Rotary Foundation recently gave out $99,500 in scholarships to 14 local college-bound students at the organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony June 2. The ceremony, held at the Westfield Area Y, was attended by Westfield Rotarian and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margaret Dolan and Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick.

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.

Norma Jules, who will attend Delaware State University, and Maya Moritz, who will attend a joint program of the College of William and Mary and St. Andrew’s University, were awarded two top scholarships on behalf of The Westfield Foundation in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each over the course of four years.

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The $10,000 Robert M. and Winifred M. Read Law Memorial Scholarship was presented to Jacob Kania, who will attend George Washington University.

A $10,000 scholarship for studies in the Health Sciences in memory of Linda Read was awarded to Maria Lizzo, who will go to The College of New Jersey.

A third $10,000 scholarship was awarded to James Hunter in memory of Harry Sturcke.  He will attend The College of New Jersey.

Emily Sullivan also received a $10,000 scholarship in memory of Harry Sturcke and will attend Virginia Polytechnic and State University. 

Emily Forcht received $3,000 from the Chester A. Gerdes Scholarship Fund, managed by The Westfield Foundation, and $2,000 from the Estate of Georgianna Pollack. She will attend Pennsylvania State University.

Caitlin Collins was awarded $5,000 from the Estate of Georgianna Pollack and will attend Ringling College of Art and Design.

Christopher Sullivan will attend Villanova University for which he received $5,000 from the Rotary Club in Honor of Weyman Steengrafe.

Megan Mondon was awarded $5,000 in memory of Harry Sturcke and will attend Loyola University of Maryland. 

Caitlin Serafin, who will attend the University of Rhode Island, was awarded $2,500 from the Wallace Foundation. Emily Serafin received $2,500 from the Wallace Foundation for Rutgers University.

Christopher Romano received a $2,250 Rotary Scholarship in Honor of Jimmy Coventry and will attend Lafayette College.

A new $2,500 scholarship in memory of Donald “Bob” Maxwell was given to Kyle Jason for Macalester College.

 “The committee members are to be congratulated on their diligence,” said Marc Millet, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee, who presided during the  presentations in collaboration with the selection committee made up of Rotarians Liz Ensslin, Mary Ellen O’Boyle, Margaret Subhas, Mark Swingle and Philip Richardson.

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

Subhas, who is chairman of the Rotary foundation board, said that nearly $3 million has been awarded to Westfield scholars since the inception of club’s “college fund” in 1923.

“Rotary’s group of scholarships are financed by proceeds from the club’s yearly Pancake Breakfast, a ‘Grand’ Raffle and an investment fund managed by the Westfield Foundation comprised of donations and bequests by Rotarians, their families and friends,” said Subhas.

Betsy Chance, executive director of The Westfield Foundation, and several foundation trustees were also in attendance. 

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