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.

$50,250 in Rotary Scholarship Awards for Local Students

IMG_2710The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $50,250 in scholarships to twelve area students at its June 11, 2014 luncheon. 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, Jill Robbins, 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. She also noted that the Rotary Club’s annual Home & Lifestyle Show contributes significantly to the scholarship fund each year.

Awards
Scott Krulcik, a Saratoga Springs High School senior who will attend Carnegie Mellon University to study computer science, received the Club’s $16,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $4,000 for each of his four years of college.

The Club presented its Alfred Z. Solomon Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 to Nicholas Stiansen, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who plans to study bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Kayleah Griffen of Saratoga Springs High School, who will pursue engineering at Worcester Polytech Institute, received an award of $5,500 in memory of the late Philly Dake.

Nine other students received scholarships of between $2,500 and $3,000:

Saratoga Central Catholic School
Michael Angelini, Catholic University of America (architecture/civil engineering)

Saratoga Springs High School
Calvin Beckwith, Cornell University (biometry/statistics)
Elizabeth Bouyea, Marist College (studio art)
Avram Durling, Yale University (physics/economics)
Leah Hite, Dartmouth College (chemistry/pre-med)
Trevor Kowalski, Boston University (music composition)
Devin Towne, Sacred Heart University (physical therapy)

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs
Fiona Craig, Marlboro College (philosophy/English)
Alexander Lawson, Connecticut College (physics)

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Four Local Leaders Honored at 2013 Annual Fundraising Brunch and Community Service Awards

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation recently presented four local leaders with Community Service Awards at its annual fundraising brunch.

Brunch honorees Sonny & Julie Bonacio, Barbara Messier, and TJ Tracey with Rotary Education Foundation President, Greg Grieco

Brunch Honorees, Sonny & Julie Bonacio, Barbara Messier, and TJ Tracey with Rotary Education Foundation President, Greg Grieco

Sonny and Julie Bonacio of Bonacio Construction, Lake Avenue School Principal Barbara Messier and Maple Avenue Middle School seventh-grader T.J. Tracey received honors at the brunch October 20 at the City Center. All four honorees have been active and integral members in supporting various community organizations.

Also at the event, Jane Wait was honored for her ongoing support of the Education Foundation, and Charles Wait Sr. was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by his son, Charles Wait Jr.

Charles Wait, Sr. accepts the Lifetime Achievement award as his son, Charles Wait Jr., looks on

Charles Wait, Sr. accepts the Lifetime Achievement award as his son, Charles Wait Jr., looks on

The funds raised through the brunch build the foundation’s endowment, enabling it to provide the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club with approximately $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.

Applications for next spring’s Rotary Club scholarships may be obtained here or at the schools’ guidance offices.

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Twelve Local Students Receive $48,000 in Rotary Scholarships

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $48,000 in scholarships to twelve area students at its May 29 luncheon.

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Isabelle O’Donnell, of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, received the $16,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $4,000 for each of her four years of college.

The Alfred Z. Solomon scholarship of $5,000 was given to John Towers, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation provides the funding for the scholarships.

Read more in this article from The Saratogian.

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Foundation’s October 2012 Brunch Honors Two Saratoga Women

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation presented two local women with Community Service Awards at its thirteenth annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, October 21 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The two honorees were Jeannette Jordan, former features editor and society columnist at The Saratogian, and Libby Smith-Holmes, previously a writer, editor, and program manager for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s water program. Both women have also been active volunteers in numerous community organizations.

About the two recipients of this year’s awards, Florence Andresen, the Foundation’s event chair since its inception and a longtime Saratoga Rotarian commented, “It is always fascinating to select our honorees, from a community so rich in volunteer and professional talent. This year’s two recipients bring a wealth of stories and inspiration to us, not only from their professional lives but also from their many volunteer activities.

Read coverage of the event by The Saratogian’s Toga Tattlers, the blog post of Jeannette Jordan, or see photos in The Saratogian.

Greg Grieco, President of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation, congratulates honorees Jeannette Jordan and Libby Smith-Holmes on their Community Service awards

 

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