Established in 1997, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that raises funds to support the post-secondary education and vocational training of graduates from public and private high schools in the greater Saratoga community. The Foundation is striving to establish an endowment of $1 million.

SSREF Awards $70,000 in Scholarships in 2017

This year, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $70,000 in education scholarships to 16 high school seniors, attending schools within the Saratoga Springs School District.

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, and ultimately 16 finalists were determined.

Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to the Presidential Scholarship of $20,000, which was awarded this year to Sophie Smith, who will be studying Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University.

Here are some of the 2017 scholarship recipients after awards were handed out in June.

Scholarships were also awarded to Emily Rosato, Paul Ruger, David Romano, Amy Carolus, Allison Daboval, Emily McAlpine, Kieran Wurl, Sija Los, Robert Michalofsky, Jarod Detrick, Eric Jess, Annamarisa Sudigala, Hannah Tucker, Hayden Meaney, and Ava Grande.

Scholarships are funded through various means, including the Rotary Club’s annual Home and Lifestyle Show, held each March at the Saratoga City Center; a brunch held each October by the Saratoga 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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Look TV Features Presidential Scholarship Winner

Look TV sits down with Sophie Smith, the 2017 recipient of our Presidential Scholarship, and Stephen Kyne, chairman of the SSREF’s Scholarship Committee.

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Meet Our Newest Board Members

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation (SSREF) welcomed three new directors to its board last year. Let’s meet them.

Brian Carroll
Brian volunteers much of his time through the Rotary International Committee, Rotary Home and Lifestyle Show, Quad Graphics Community Team, and now the SSREF. He brings event planning and fundraising experience to the SSREF along with a deep knowledge of the Saratoga Springs community.

“Growing up, working and living in Saratoga Springs I’ve seen many changes and opportunities. One of the most memorable experiences of Saratoga Springs, both as a student and parent, is our educational system,” Brian says. “I believe it’s important to give back to our community that has given us so much and to contribute to the bright minds of the future.”

Susan Rhoades
Susan is the Executive Director for Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, Inc. Prior to her position at SWH she worked for the Saratoga Regional YMCA as the Human Resource Director, Branch Director of the Saratoga Springs Branch, Annual Giving Director and the Development Director. In addition to Susan’s extensive non-profit background, she has more than 15 years of volunteer service with the Girls Scouts of Northeastern NY, Saratoga Springs Rotary BOD, Saratoga Springs Rotary Scholarship Committee, and Association of YMCA Professionals. She has a B.S. in Sports/Fitness Business Administration. Susan has been a Notary Public since 1997.

Francine Vero
Francine is currently a Saratoga Springs City Court judge. She is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, the New York State Association of City Court Judges, and the Federal and New York State Association of Women Judges. In addition to serving on the SSREF Board of Directors, she is also a Continuing Legal Education chairperson for the Adirondack Women’s Bar Association.

About the SSREF
Established in 1997, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that raises funds to support the post-secondary education and vocational training of graduates from public and private high schools in the greater Saratoga community.

The SSREF has set a goal of awarding $1 million in scholarships by 2022. More than $600,000 has been awarded to deserving students to date.

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2017 Scholarship Application Now Available

2017 Rotary_Scholarship_Application

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation awards about $50,000 through a variety of scholarships each year. 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

Here’s the timeline:

  • April 15 — all applications must be postmarked
  • May — Finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee
  • June — Scholarship recipients are invited to attend the Rotary Award Luncheon where all the scholarships will be awarded

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

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