Four local high school graduates were awarded scholarships from the Rotary Club of Belleville during ceremonies last week.
Since the inception of the scholarship program, the Rotary Club of Belleville has awarded $587,000 to Belleville High School students. This year, during the 76th Annual Scholarship Program, four $5,000 scholarships were presented to local students. Three of those were academic awards presented to Joshua Jeng, Nicholas Rafferty and Kyler Warren. The Charles B. Cozaad Community Service Award was presented to Jessica Ley.
School administrators, parents, family members joined several Rotarians during the brief May 25 program at Belleville High School during which the awards were presented.
During the meeting, Belleville Rotary Club President Debra Green offered a welcome including an explanation of what Rotary is, her history with the Belleville club, and a summary of club activities helping individual citizens, communities and other charities in carrying on their work.
Each of the four awardees thanked the Rotary club members and spoke about their plans going forward and how the scholarships will assist them in reaching their academic and career goals.
Scholarship Committee Chair Mary Jo Suchy thanked all the attendees, the scholarship committee and any others whose work made the evening possible before closing the meeting.
This year, as in recent years, the primary funding source for the program has been the Charles B. Cozaad Rotary Foundation which assists the club in the funding or partial funding of many projects.