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.