Brunch Fundraiser Spotlights Students

Hundreds attended our annual fundraising brunch at the Saratoga City Center. This year, the event featured the students awarded scholarships. Each gave a short speech when accepting their award.

The event also honored Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, an organization that provides mentorship and support to help students prepare for college.

See coverage and images from the event.

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Join Us for Our Annual Fundraising Brunch!

You’re invited to our 19th Annual Fundraising Brunch on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

The event features delicious food by Longfellows and a silent auction.

This year, we will award the 2019 scholarships and honor Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar for their community service. We will also honor the lives of Victor Cinquino and Scott Krulcik.

CLICK HERE to donate online and reserve your spot by May 26.

  • Single Attending – $75 per person
  • Couple Attending – $125 for two attendees
  • High Honor Roll – $600 for a table of 10 with name listed in program
  • Graduate – $250 for two attendees with name listed and Major Sponsor noted in program, as well as acknowledged in students’ scholarship award

We hope to see you there!

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Apply for the 2019 Scholarships by April 1

2019 Rotary Scholarship Application

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation awards about $70,000 each year through a variety of scholarships. The value of the individual scholarships ranges from $2,000 and up. Now is the time to apply!

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a high school senior attending private or public school within the Saratoga Springs City School District
  • Must pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year college or post-secondary vocational educational institution

Applications are evaluated based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Community service
  • Extracurricular and work activities
  • Academic record
  • Affordability of your college/school of choice

Here’s the timeline:

  • April 1 — all applications must be postmarked
  •  April/May— Finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee
  • June — Scholarship recipients are invited to attend the Rotary Education Foundation Brunch where scholarship awards will be announced

Download the application above for all the details and share with an amazing student you know.

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13 Students Awarded Scholarships in 2018

Scholarship winners pictured: Benjamin Doern, Cami Denning, Isabella Guarnieri, Anastasia Ivanova, Renee Banagan, Grace Costa, Isabella Valdimarsson, Grayson DeMarco, Daniel Mattison, Jakob Weigand, and Grace Fornabia. (Not pictured: Catherine Griskowitz and Kathryn Grabowski who were attending Crew Nationals in Fresno, California during the award presentation.) They are flanked by Stephen Kyne, scholarship committee chairman (left), and Gregory Grieco, Education Foundation president.

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation awarded more than $60,000 in education scholarships to 13 high school seniors in 2018.

More than 60 applications were received from students attending Saratoga Springs High School, The Waldorf School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, and the Saratoga BOCES. From those applications, students were selected for individual interviews.

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to the Presidential Scholarship of $20,000, which was awarded this year to Benjamin Doern. He will attend Dickinson College with a goal of eventually running a not-for-profit organization to combat homelessness.

Scholarships were also awarded to Cami Denning, Isabella Guarnieri, Anastasia Ivanova, Renee Banagan, Grace Costa, Catherine Griskowitz, Isabella Valdimarsson, Grayson DeMarco, Kathryn Grabowski, Daniel Mattison, Jakob Weigand and Grace Fornabia.

Scholarships are funded through various means, including the Rotary Club’s annual Home and Lifestyle Show, held each March at the Saratoga City Center; an annual brunch by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation; the endowment of the Saratoga Rotary Education Foundation; and through generous donations by individuals and businesses in the Saratoga Springs area.

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