Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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 Noon Rotary Club awards $34,000 in student scholarships

The Plymouth Noon Rotary Club awarded $34,000 in scholarships to local students during an official presentation last month.

Rotary member Bill Weber presented the scholarships to the students awarded in consideration of several factors.

Student applications are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, character, school activities and community service as well as financial need. Weber noted during the presentation that the many service projects in which the recipients had been involved were “truly remarkable as are their academic achievements.”

“Aside from all of their achievements, they are just really nice people who do very much for other people,” Weber said. “All of these students exhibited leadership traits by participating in student government, National Honor Society, service clubs including Interact and Key Club. In some capacity, they served as mentors to other students including participating in Link Crew where upperclassmen adopt incoming freshman to help them acclimate themselves to school.”

He noted that each of the scholarship recipients had also participated in athletics and activities ranging from basketball, swimming, cross country track and field wrestling, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Aeronautics club, and Scouting, among others. Weber noted that in most instances, not only did the teens participate in the activities, they were selected to be captains and/or leaders of their teams.

Much of the scholarship award is also based on community service, Weber explained.

“When we look at this aspect we are looking to the experiences that students have that are not related to mandatory service often associated with clubs such as National Honor 

Society,” or Interact. I guess the best way to describe it- what do these students do when no one is looking and the services they participate in are outside of any requirements. Rest assured their contributions are impressive,” he said.

Students presented financial scholarships included Maya Joiner who was awarded a $6,000 grant from the club. Joiner will be attending Hiram University in the fall and plans to study biology and psychology and perhaps find time to play a little basketball.

Emily Lin received a scholarship totaling $4,000 and will be attending The University of Michigan in the fall and plans to study engineering.

Gage Ellis will was awarded a scholarship totaling $12,000 and will be attending Western Michigan 

University in the fall and plans to study aviation science.

Anirudh (Ani) Krushman will also receive $12,000 scholarship and will be attending Johns Hopkins 

University in the fall and plans to study applied mathematics and