Posted by Tom Burson on Jun 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg presented four $2,000 scholarships at the Scholarship Award Dinner on May 30th. The keynote speaker was District 7390 Governor Elect, John May.
Left to right: District 7390 Governor Elect, John May; scholarship winners: Paula Holtzinger - Messiah College; Allison Brosius - Northern High School; Samantha Belz - Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School; Smaran (Sam) Teru - Mechanicsburg High School; and Club President, Amy Bockis.
The scholarship winners presentation was held during an evening Student Scholarship Recognition Dinner at Messiah College on May 30th.  Two other scholarships were awarded at the regular club meeting on May 23rd for the students that could not attend the evening awards dinner (see this article). Each student received a $2,000 scholarship. District 7390 Governor Elect, John May, attended the event to give the keynote address and to assist in handing out the awards. He spoke to the group with remarks addressed mostly to the students and their families that were present. He explained the significance of the Rotary Foundation, how it was started and what it has accomplished in the world today, both locally in our communities and world-wide in many communities. And, he explained how its strength is through the volunteer work of the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world who multiply the dollars with their donated labor.
We congratulate the students and their families and wish them the best as they pursue further education.
The Rotary Club invites students from six schools to attend club meetings for a month during the school year. Each month a new group of students is  invited. At the end of the school year, the club awards $2,000 scholarships to a student from each school based on an application which they submit and the interactions that occur at the meetings. Students who continue their education in Pennsylvania also have an opportunity to receive a $2,000 matching grant from PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) based on need.