The Rotary Club of Big Bear
Lake will present the 2015 Scholarship Winners,
at the annual Rotary Eagle of
Excellence Community Service Awards and Dinner.
Left to right are: Cory Butcher, Naomi Nelson, Taylor Waner,
Madison Waner, Brett Ghelber
Again this year, the Rotary Club of Big Bear
Lake will award college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. This
year the Club is awarding a total of $9000 in six separate scholarships of
The annual scholarships are presented at the
high school awards night on June 1st at the Performing Arts Center of Big Bear
Lake. In addition to these annual
scholarships, Rotary also sponsors five $1000 endowed scholarships through the
Mihaylo Foundation. Those are awarded at
the Mihaylo event at the Performing Arts Center on June 7th.
The Rotary Interact Club also awards scholarships
to its deserving members, usually totaling up to as much as $2500. The Club also donates a $1000 scholarship to
Chautauqua High School, which is administered by the school principal. In total, the Rotary Club donates
approximately $17,500 annually in scholarships and is one of the largest donor
organizations in the Big Bear Valley.
The Rotary Club has just announced its 2015
annual College Scholarship winners. The
students are recognized for their academic achievement, student government,
sports, clubs, fine arts, outside work and for their community service during
their high school careers. Rotary places
great emphasis on community service and volunteerism since the Club’s motto is
“Service above Self.”
The Rotary Club received a total of 26 applicants
this year from a class of 172 students.
Applications were reviewed by a Committee of Rotary members who then
made the selections in each category.
Committee Chair Dave Caretto stated, “There were
many qualified and deserving students; we only wish we had more funds to
distribute. The quality of our high
school students is outstanding, and this is a tribute not only to the students
themselves but also to their parents, their teachers and their school.”
The scholarship winners will be introduced at
the annual Rotary Eagle of Excellence Community Service Awards and Dinner on
June 7, 2015 at the Bear Creek Resort.
Rotary Scholarships are typically presented
after the end of the student’s freshman year in college. Each student is asked to attend a Rotary
meeting to discuss their first year, the major they selected, any interesting
classes, and their experiences during college.
This gives Rotary Club members a chance to meet the students up close
and to be sure that they are making progress toward their chosen degree. The Club then presents them with a check for
the full scholarship amount.
Scholarship Winners for 2015 are as follows:
Bob Wood Memorial Scholarship (with emphasis on
majors in Communications and Journalism)--Brett
John Voss Memorial Scholarship (for students pursuing
vocational school or college)--Naomi
Academic Scholarships (for students with high
academic achievement and community service)--Cory Butcher, Madison Waner, Hannah Wijnhamer, Taylor Waner
The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake congratulates
all of the student applicants and award winners and wishes them well as they
leave the Big Bear Valley for various colleges and vocational schools. We hope that they will someday return to Big
Bear Valley to help this community grow and prosper.