The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole announced that the club’s educational foundation completed the review of nearly 100 scholarship applications, conducted 60 15-minute interviews via Zoom and ultimately awarded a total a record amount of $194,000 to 44 deserving students.
 
The recipients are graduating seniors from the high schools in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many of the nation’s top colleges and universities are represented including several Ivy League schools, UW, Stanford, USC, Texas, ASU, CU, CSU, Oregon, NYU, MSU, UCSB, Cal Poly, Utah, BYU and many more. The level of the scholarship grants varied based on each individual student’s blend of financial need, academics, community service, work experience, extra-curricular activities and letters of recommendation. 
One of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole’s initiatives is to continue award more multi-year scholarships. This year the club doubled its “Finish Line” scholarships from four to eight, which pays out over four years if the student successfully progresses.  The “Gold” level scholarship valued at $20,000 was awarded to one student, the “Silver” level scholarship valued at $12,000 was awarded to one student and six more “Bronze” level scholarships valued at $8,000 were awarded to six other students.  Six other students also received one-time general scholarships of $8,000 each. Scholarship awards ranged from $1,000-$20,000. There will be an award ceremony this spring (although it may be virtual).
 
The student’s academic progress will be communicated and updated regularly through its affiliation with the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, who administers the scholarships.  Rotarians will be available to the students as a resource during and after college in an effort to strengthen their connection to the spirit of Rotary while also provide support through life and work experience.
 
Rotary International is a service club formed by professionals and managers to provide support, service, and encouragement to humanitarian projects locally and internationally.  Education is one of the major areas of focus for the projects.  There are 38,000 clubs in over 150 countries with 1.2 million Rotarian members.
 
Good luck to the graduates.