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May 13th – Rotary Club of Lexington’s Annual Scholarship Day

Posted on May 10, 2021

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington  held its weekly meeting Thursday, May 13th ,  via Zoom. The program  was  the annual Rotary Club of Lexington’s Scholarship Day.   To attend via Zoom  please email, trafton@rotarylexky.org.

Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Lexington believe in education, at all levels, as a powerful means to change lives and to shape the world we live in.  We invest in the future by giving scholarships each year to students who are already making a difference in our community and have the potential to change the world.

The Rotary Club of Lexington started its Scholarship Program in 1960 and has provided scholarship awards to high school seniors and college students based on outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and community service. The awards are made possible by members of our Rotary Club and the local Rotary Endowment Fund.

The All-Fayette County Academic Team consists of a top scholar from seven Fayette County high schools. The Rotary Scholarship Committee members make the final selection for each school and each student receives a scholarship of $1,000.  This year there were 33 applicants and, as you might image, all are exceptional young people and outstanding students.  They each have embodied the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

The Rotary Scholarship Program provides one $6,000 scholarship to a single student designated as the Rotary Scholar.  This award is spread evenly over four years and the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA, or better, to remain eligible. The student is not included as a member of the All-Fayette County Academic Team.

Based upon essays submitted by the scholarship applicants, the committee also chooses the recipient of the Jack T. Bryden Great Teacher Award. This outstanding teacher receives $1,000 and the student essayist(s), up to $500.

This year, for the very first time, The Rotary DELTA Healthcare Scholarship will be awarded to a student who already holds a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in an accredited healthcare professional program leading to an MD, DDM, DDS, PharmD, DPT, or DVM degree. The scholarship is made possible by a generous restricted gift to the endowment and is focused on need, service, and recommendations. There were 54 well-qualified applicants for this scholarship. The DELTA Subcommittee narrowed the field to seven finalists. The full committee then made the final selection in a secret ballot process.  The committee is excited about the prospects to expand this program in the future.

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