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.