Babylon Rotary held its 59th Annual Ferdinand Gutmann Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 13th.
Scott Lockwood gave a brief bio of Ferdinand Gutmann, the background of the Babylon Rotary Scholarship Program, and an inspirational tale relating how success is achieved through persistence and hard work.
 Scott acknowledged the long and continued support of the Gutmann family, and the generous contributions to the Babylon Rotary Scholarship Program by Carolyn Gutmann and Pat Brennan.  
The Babylon Rotary Scholarship Program was founded by Ferdinand Gutmann, a unique Rotarian of great personal and moral courage, who was devoted to the encouragement and advancement of young people, worldwide, goodwill and peace. 
Over the past 59 years the Babylon Rotary Club has provided nearly a half-million dollars of college scholarships to deserving high school students. This year, the scholarships are awarded in memory of long-time member and past president of the Babylon Rotary Club, Richard J. Brennan.
Following a welcoming address, Scholarship Program Chairman Marc Horowitz introduced the 2018 Babylon Rotary Scholarship Committee - Gus Fischel, Victoria Lever, Warren Light, Megan Noble, Gail Sullivan, and Werner .Zumbrunn – and the 2018 Babylon Rotary Scholarship winners, each of whom gave a brief statement of their academic plans and career aspirations. It was clear that the Scholarship Committee again chose wisely and well. Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship winners:
Paige Bdzyk - BabylonHigh School
Paige is very involved with the school community. She is active in many honor societies. Paige is the publicity officer of Class Cabinet and and active member of the Student Council. She has earned the Bronze, Siler and Gold Girl Scout Award. She will be attending SUNY Binghampton.
Nicholas Marcis - North Babylon High School
Nicholas will be attending the New York Institute ot Tech-nology, Old Westbury, in the fall. He will be pursuing a de-gree in Computer Science. He is an Eagle Scout with Troop 179 in West Islip.
Eric Donahue - West Babylon High School
Biomedical Engineering/Medicine
Varsity athlete, student government president, drum major, Eagle Scout, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, AP Scholar with distinction and valedictorian.
Samantha Landri from West Islip High School was unable to attend today’s luncheon.