Eight area graduating seniors received $1,000 academic scholarships from Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club, member Maryann Cole reported.
Recipients of this year’s annual award are Jessie Garcia, Briseida Ayala, Arlette Zamora Galicia, Isaiah Demaris, Timothy Scheel, Eva Martinez Villanueva, Lexi Benson and Alexander Engels.
The scholarship program focuses on students who have overcome challenges through resilience and exhibited determination to succeed in school, Maryann said. Candidates are proposed directly to the club by teachers, counselors, or principals.
Jessie, College Place High School, plans to study construction at Walla Walla Community College; Briseida, Prescott High School, is interested in occupational therapy at Washing State University; Arlette, Touchet High School, plans to study psychology or criminal justice at Eastern Washington University; Isaiah, Lincoln High School, plans to study health care at Walla Walla Community College; Timothy, DeSales High School, is interested in the nursing program at WWCC; Eva, Walla Walla High School, plans to study criminal justice or psychology at Central Washington University; Lexi, Waitsburg High School, plans to study at WWCC; and Alexander, Walla Walla Valley Academy, plans to study elementary education at Walla Walla University.
In the early 1980s, Rotarian Don Sherwood and wife Virginia contributed $10,000 to establish an endowed trust directed by the Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club. Numerous Rotarians and friends have contributed to this trust through the years and thus club has provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students.
Money is annually distributed to WWU, WWCC and Whitman College. Each institution then awards the money as scholarships to qualified local students.
Presidents Kathleen Murray, Whitman; Derek Brandes, WWCC; and John McVay, WWU, attended a Rotary club presentation to receive their institution’s 2019 disbursement of $5,767 for academic scholarships.
Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursdays for lunch and community interest programs at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. For more details, contact Todd Brandenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-593-4706 or online see ubne.ws/2qPsr6T or on Facebook ubne.ws/2q4sj6a.