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The Rotary Club of Branchburg awarded ten scholarships to deserving students heading to college in September 2017. The Scholarship Awards ceremony is the culmination of Rotary’s yearly efforts to support education. The event was coordinated by Mike Forrestal and was held on June 14. This year’s scholarship winners are Courtney Johnson (Somerville), Jordan Lees (Somerville), Karyn LaCanna (SCVTS), Volodymyr Kunderevych (RVCC), Katie Majorossy (RVCC), Jill McGovern (Immaculata), Emma Gara (Somerville), Codie Bartow (Somerville), Emily Heathcote (SCVTS), and Jack Carro (Immaculata). The John Pastre Scholarship winner was Courtney Johnson.  The Ray Bateman Scholarship is a new award presented this year in honor of Ray Bateman, a longtime supporter of education and a strong advocate for community colleges. For twenty-six years, Senator Bateman was actively involved in advancing Raritan Valley to one of the best rated community colleges in the country. The recipient of the Ray Bateman Scholarship for 2017 is Jordon Lees.

Sen. Ray Bateman Memorial Leadership Scholarship

Honoring the legacy and character contributions of late Sen. Ray Bateman, the Branchburg Rotary Foundation has established the Sen. Ray Bateman Memorial Leadership Scholarship that will award college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.
Sen. Bateman truly loved the community and strongly believed that it was everyone’s responsibility to serve the community and be active in local events and activities. He was a proponent of lifelong learning and as such, was a strong supporter of the affordable education for all. Therefore, creation of the Sen. Ray Bateman Memorial Leadership Scholarship is in recognition and honor of Sen. Bateman’s leadership and vision for a vibrant and inclusive community. The scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of Branchburg Rotary and community supporters.
Awards are for undergraduate study, and may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies. Scholars will be invited to participate in a special awards ceremony.
All contributions are tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to the
Branchburg Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 5135, Branchburg, NJ 08876
The mission of the Branchburg Rotary Foundation is "Service through Philanthropy." Our charitable giving is directed to address humanitarian needs, provide educational opportunities, and alleviate health concerns in our community and our world. Our fundraising efforts allow us to pursue global goodwill, understanding, and peace through philanthropy. We invite you to join with the Branchburg Rotary Foundation by making a charitable, tax-deductible donation in support of our philanthropic efforts. 

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