Thursday, June 9, 2022

Rotary Club presents student scholarships

Rotary Scholarship Committee chair and incoming club president
Mary Jo Suchy, far right, congratulates recent scholarship winners
Kylie Satterfield, left,  Laura Montgomery, Kennedy Plummer, Avery Fields
and Isaac Davis. 
Members of the Rotary Club of Belleville awarded five, $5,000 scholarships to area high school graduates during the 77th Annual Scholarship Program of the club. The event took place May 24 at Belleville High School and was attended by school administrators, parents and  family members along with the club members. Three Academic Scholarships went to Isaac Davis, Avery Fields and Kylie Satterfield.  The Charles B. Cozadd Community Service Award for service to school and other students was awarded to Laura Montgomery and the Donald Juchartz Award for community service was presented to Kennedy Plummer.    

During the meeting, Belleville Rotary Club President-Elect Mary Jo Suchy offered a welcome including an explanation of what Rotary is, and a summary of club activities helping individual citizens, communities and other charities in carrying on their work.

Each of the awardees thanked Rotary and spoke about their plans going forward and how the scholarships will assist them in reaching academic goals. 

The meeting concluded with an inspirational talk by 34th District Judge Lisa Martin who drew on her experiences and provided insights which encouraged the graduates to take opportunities they will have in the future to both help people and learn about the world.     

Following the presentations, Suchy, who also serves as Scholarship Committee Chair thanked all those in attendance, the scholarship committee and the other individuals whose work made the evening possible.

Since inception, Rotary Club of Belleville has awarded $612,500 to Belleville High School students from the club scholarship program.  This year, as in recent years, the primary funding source for the program has been the Charles B. Cozadd Rotary Foundation which assists the club in the funding many of projects.