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Rotary Clubs hand out half a million dollars in scholarships

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By Melissa Slager
Herald Writer
  • Cascade High School student Gladys Malpica smiles at Rotary Club of Everett member Tom Koenig after being awarded a scholarship Tuesday at the Everett...

    Ian Terry / The Herald

    Cascade High School student Gladys Malpica smiles at Rotary Club of Everett member Tom Koenig after being awarded a scholarship Tuesday at the Everett Public Schools Community Resource Center.

  • Cascade High School student Edgar Santos Aguilar beams as he walks up to accept his $4,000 Rotary scholarship Tuesday at an awards ceremony at the Eve...

    Ian Terry / The Herald

    Cascade High School student Edgar Santos Aguilar beams as he walks up to accept his $4,000 Rotary scholarship Tuesday at an awards ceremony at the Everett Public Schools Community Resource Center.

EVERETT — Jaspreet Sidhu thought she was applying for a $3,000 scholarship through the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.
At a recent ceremony, she noticed the awards started off small and kept building.
As the night wore on, the Lynnwood High School senior looked around the room at the wealth of talent and smarts, and wondered if organizers forgot to call her name. They didn't forget. At the end of the night, Sidhu won the club's highest award of $10,000.
“Can it be me? Can it possibly be me? I looked at my parents — they were shocked, too,” Sidhu said.
Rotary Clubs in Snohomish County — from Everett to Monroe, Stanwood to Edmonds — handed out roughly half a million dollars in scholarship money this year to local graduating seniors and college students.
It's a hefty amount that keeps growing.
The Rotary Club of Lynnwood received a gift to give away an extra $50,000 this year — $77,500 in all.
Marysville Rotary Club added $10,000 to top the $100,000 mark this year, joining the Everett Rotary Club with that distinction.
For teens looking to take the step from high school to college, it means more and often bigger awards.
Her Rotary scholarship, combined with a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, means Sidhu has no worries about financing her engineering studies at the University of Washington.
That's an honor for her parents, as well, who both were unable to go to college growing up in Punjab, India, and sometimes struggle to make ends meet with a taco restaurant they own, Sidhu said.
“In the future, I also want to reward them for all that they did for me,” she said.
No matter the amount, the awards are a boost.
“My mom was stoked,” said Raymond Zhao, a Meadowdale senior who will study his twin passions, applied math and theater, at UW this fall. Zhao won a $5,000 Lynnwood Rotary scholarship.
Marysville tops $100,000
At a Marysville Rotary Club ceremony, Marysville Pilchuck senior Alisha Purdom watched her parents cry with pride when she received a $4,000 scholarship.
“School is so expensive,” said Purdom, who plans to study psychology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. “It's going to set me on track with a really good start, to not have that burden there.”
Purdom's application was one of 88 vying for a total of 50 awards that ranged from $1,000 to $7,500.
“The need is always there. And every student has a story,” said Gayl Spilman of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation.
Spilman was among the Rotarians who read students' applications. This year, the readers saw the effect of the October 2014 school shootings at MPHS.
There was the girl who made friendship bracelets for every classmate to help weave the community back together.
There was the football player who had been looking forward to prom with a girl who died in the shooting.
Spilman's eyes scanned over transcripts and saw heartbreak.
“Straight-A students went to C's and D's,” she said. “They climbed the hill and then got back on track.”
There were other stories, too.
This was the first graduating class to remember receiving free dictionaries from the Rotary as third-graders. For many of the teens, it was their first book they owned for themselves.
“More and more people are starting to understand that kids need a hand up,” Spilman said. “We hope that many of these kids will then turn around and give a hand up.”

50 Marysville-area students win $108,500 in scholarships

50 local students received college scholarships from the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation.
50 local students received college scholarships from the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation.
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MARYSVILLE – Fifty Marysville-area students have received $108,500 in scholarships from the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation.

The winners attend Marysville Getchell, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mountain View, Lakewood and Granite Falls high schools.

Foundation president Loren Van Loo said the scholarship amounts varied from $1,000 to $7,500.

The students are:

Lorraine Alexa Abagatnan, Theresa Ambat, Garrett William Anderson, Alexis Ausencia Barbosa, Leonor Elizabeth Bejarano, Casey Mical-Ryanne Broden, Paul Bui, Isreal Cabadas, Cassie Lynn Coate, Raphael Curup, Claire Dobler, Kona Farry, Emily-Mae Nicole Fisher, Natasha Marie Flitz, Emily Granard, Connor Daniel Gross, Megan Elizabeth Gross, Thomas James Haefele, Emily Hall, Jessica Rae Hamilton, Piper Belle Holiday, Andrew Dale Hougan, Riley Michael Hougan, Skyleen Inthathirath, Amanda Kalab, Greer Lora King, Hannah Lauren-Rose Larson, Jordan Lockwood, Sydney Lee Lutz, Ahnna Jewell McCoy, Ophelia Rios Meadows, Ricky Mueller, Hailey LaDonna Murphy, Maggie Novy, Joshua Nye, Chloe Otto, Alisha Purdom, Mitchell Sawyer, Morgan Lynn Shimkus, Amariczi Cano Soriano, Tristen Earl Southard, Trent Tingelstad, John Frederick Turral, Haley Michelle Troyer, Cameron Wagstaff, Erik Arthur Ward-Lind, Samuel Wayne Watson, Ann Alyse Williams, Carsyn Brockman Yorkoski and Cesar Zatarian Jr.


Pictures from the 2016 Guatemala trip can be found in the picture tab.

Marysville Rotary is pleased to present Cassandra Kunselman, a freshman at Marysville Getchell's International School of Communications, with their Community Service Recognition Award for the month of December. Cassie is a dedicated volunteer with over 960 hours of time divided between helping other students with band instruments, volunteering with the Lake Stevens Aquafest, and helping with Relay for Life. Congratulations and Thank You Cassie for setting such a great example! Thank you also to Les Schwab Tires of Marysville for your support. Pictured with Cassie is Rotary Chairman Daryn Bundy, and Monica Lane from the Marysville School District.

Loren Van Loo President of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation receives a check from Rotary Club of Marysville President Don Whitfield for $51,200 for scholarships for area high school seniors. The money was raised at the Rotary auction in November under the "Fund a Need" program. Last year The Marysville Rotary Education foundation gave out just less than $100,000 to the area seniors for their continuing education.

**** Notice **** Dear friends and supporters of the Marysville Rotary "Pumpkins for Literacy" project, We are sorry to announce that as 2015, Marysville Rotary will no longer be operating this fundraising project. Due to our loss of a facility to conduct this successful literacy outreach project, the Marysville Rotary Board of Directors made the difficult decision to close the patch. If you would like to donate funds to any of our current fundraising projects, please feel free to contact our club president by using the email contact to the left side of the website. The Marysville Rotary Club would truly like to extend a big "Thank you" for supporting our project and in helping to promote literacy throughout North Snohomish County and the world.

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Jim Pankiewicz ("Mr. P")
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James D. Shipman
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extended classification talk
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Ron Love
retail marijuana
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Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Snohomish Co. Health District
teen suicide and opiate epidemic (click for bio and photo)
Dec 14, 2016
Hazel Borden (click for photo and bio)
Alzheimer's Association
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Chief Smith, Chief McFalls & Greg Kanehen
Marysville Crisis Support Services
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Kevin King
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County
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Kathy Coffey
Leadership Snohomish County
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Jim Ballew
Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation
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Jon Nehring
State of the City
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Shari Storm (click for photo and bio)
How to be More Persuasive, Productive and Happy (suggested by Harv Jubie)
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Barbara Demorest
Knitted Knockers
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