Rotary celebrates the Class of 2015

At the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon Teton Valley Rotarians honored six students with college scholarships totaling $10,500.  Adding in the renewable scholarships awarded through the Phyllis Morey Memorial Scholarship, awards this year will equal $18,000.  These awards, funded through the Tin Cup Challenge, go directly to the universities to be applied toward the student’s tuition, books, room and board.

Members of the Class of 2015 receiving awards include Mindy Kaufman ($4,000 Rotary Student of the Month Scholarship), Nathan Burr ($1,000 Rotary Encouragement Scholarship), Isabella Wilson, Marisol Trejo, and Armando Ortiz ($1,000 each Alta Enterprise Scholarships), and Fernando Velazquez ($2,500 renewable Phyllis Morey Memorial Scholarship). 

Rotary also takes this occasion to honor the teachers who have supported and trained these students through their many school years.  Teachers are selected from Student of the Month nominations and the Rotary Scholarship Committee.  This year Mary Mello, high school counselor, and Neil Gleichman, high school history teacher and cross country coach, were the honorees.  Both devote hours to the welfare of valley students. 

Each year Rotarians find the students’ competencies increasing, not only do these students have solid GPAs, but they take challenging classes, receive impressive scores on their ACT and SAT tests, set their sights on an achievable future, and display impressive communication skills during their scholarship interviews.  Teton Valley can celebrate their school system for turning out these impressive graduates. (and perhaps parents should get a little credit too)

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.

Teton Valley Rotary meets Wednesdays at Seniors West of the Tetons at noon.  Visitors are welcome.