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.

Saratoga Rotary Club Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

This year, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club is awarding $56,000 in education scholarships to 12 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 twelve finalists were determined.

Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to the Presidential Scholarship of $20,000 which was awarded this year to Perrin Jones, who will be studying quantum computing at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City.

Award recipients 2016

Stephen Kyne, Scholarship Committee Chairman, (far left) and Gregory Greico, Education Foundation President, (far right) congratulate students Perrin Jones, Jenna Stiansen, Luke Wurl, Alyia Ruggles, Hannanel Sage, Liam Madigan, Liam McKenna, Emily MacDougall, Martina Grant, Meredith Craig, Colin Brady, and Madeline Chudy.

Scholarships were also awarded in late May to Jenna Stiansen (University of Delaware), Luke Wurl (University of Notre Dame), Alyia Ruggles (Canisius College), Hannanel Sage (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Liam Madigan (Rochester Institute of Technology), Liam McKenna (The Julliard School), Emily MacDougall (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Martina Grant (St. Lawrence University), Meredith Craig (Northeastern University), Colin Brady (Johnson and Wales University), and Madeline Chudy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute).

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.

For more information about donating to the club’s scholarship program, and if you know of a student who should be considered for a scholarship, please visit the club’s website at www.saratogaspringsrotary.org.

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Three Community Leaders to be Honored at October 4 Brunch

Three community leaders with distinct avenues of community service will be honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation at its annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Saratoga Springs City Center.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Philip Klein, assistant vice president of insurance at The Adirondack Trust Company, a past member of the Saratoga Springs Planning Board, a former Saratoga County Supervisor, and community volunteer through numerous organizations
  • The Reverend John (Jay) Ekman, who was the pastor of Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2013
  • Judy Ekman, retired executive director of The Prevention Council, where she worked from 1979 to 2009

Past honorees of this annual event include individuals with exemplary commitment to education and community. The full list is here.

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$53,000 in Rotary Scholarship Awards for 12 Local Students

2015 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients with Rotary Leaders

2015 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients with Rotary Leaders

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $53,000 in scholarships to twelve area students. Zachary Kircher, a Saratoga Springs High School senior who will attend University of Maryland and study Biomedical Science, received the Club’s $20,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $5,000 for each of four years of college.

Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating leadership skills, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and service to the school and/or community, with consideration given to financial need.

Before presenting the awards, Stephen Kyne, the Chair of the Rotary Club’s scholarship committee, thanked the businesses and individuals who had made donations to the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. He also noted that the Rotary Club’s annual Home & Lifestyle Show contributes significantly to the scholarship fund each year.

The Club presented its Alfred Z. Solomon Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 to Jack McCarthy, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who plans to study Public Relations at Syracuse University in the fall.

Ian Frey, who will pursue Physics at Dartmouth College, received an award of $5,500 in memory of the late Philly Dake.

Other students who received scholarships of between $2,500 and $3,000 are:

  • Keenan Wright-Sanson, to attend The National Circus School in Montreal (Contemporary Circus Entrepeneur/Director)
  • Joshua Pikus, to attend Northeastern University (International Business)
  • Lillian Doern, to attend Drexel University (Fashion Design)
  • Quinn Carlson, to attend St. Lawrence University (Neuroscience)
  • Johanna Gangi, to University of Rochester (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Theresa Starnes, to attend Cornell University (Computer Engineering)
  • Serena Egan, to attend Northeastern University (Economics/Music)
  • Tyler Ruhle, to attend Marist College (Criminal Justice)
  • Liana Sinnott, to attend Virginia Polytech Institute of Technology (Business/Officer in U.S. Army)

Read The Saratogian’s coverage here.

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Four Community Leaders Celebrated at October 19 Brunch

 

Honorees Joseph Dalton, Lew and Pat Titterton, and Heather Mabee stand with Education Foundation President Greg Grieco

Honorees Joseph Dalton, Lew and Pat Titterton, and Heather Mabee stand with Education Foundation President Greg Grieco

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation presented four local leaders with Community Service Awards at its annual fundraising brunch Sunday, October 19, at the City Center.

The four honorees were Lewis and Pat Titterton of Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar; local community volunteer leader, Heather Mabee; and former Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce president, Joseph Dalton. All four honorees have been active and integral members in supporting various community organizations.

The funds raised through the brunch help build the foundation’s endowment enabling it to provide the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club with more than $45,000 annually in scholarships for college and post-secondary vocational education to students attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.

The catering services for the 200+ guests at the brunch were donated by Longfellow’s restaurant, with numerous area businesses and individuals providing products and services for the silent auction.

Read The Saratogian‘s coverage here.

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