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Yakima Rotary has been awarding Academic Scholarships to local high school students and Vocational Scholarships to both high school seniors and non-traditional students for over 50 years. Well over a million dollars has been invested in their educational pursuits. No other single part of our Rotary club has had such a lasting impact on our community.
This year local graduating high school students from Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, Highland, LaSalle, Naches Valley, Selah, Riverside Christian, and West Valley high schools, along with homeschooled students within their districts and Running Start students will have the opportunity to apply for nineteen Rotary Academic Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.
The scholarship, to be used beginning the fall after graduation, is based upon academic performance, citizenship in school and the community, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation. The 2018 Academic Scholarship application can be accessed by clicking here. Completed application must be postmarked by Friday, March 9, 2018. Finalist will be asked to attend a personal interview on April 23rd or 25th. Scholarship recipients, their families and guests will be invited to attend a Downtown Rotary Club awards luncheon on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
In addition to the annual Academic Scholarships, Yakima Rotary has $37,500 available for Vocational Scholarship opportunities to the same area high school students and to those attending YV-Tech, Stanton Academy, Yakima On-Line, and older students that are currently or will be attending Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University and Yakima Valley College. A non-traditional approach to continued education, recipients must be enrolled or planning to enroll at a post-high school vocational institution or a 2-year terminal vocational program at a community college within one year of the scholarship award. Completion of the program must result in a degree or certification. Criteria is based upon the quality of the applicants training plans, the student’s commitment to the plan, financial need, and progress toward their goals.
The 2018 application process is currently open. You can access the application by clicking here. All applications must be postmarked or received by Monday, March 5, 2018. Winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 to receive their award.
Mary Monroe Davis left an educational legacy to Yakima County. This scholarship is a renewable scholarship for tuition and fees. The applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited two or four-year College or University. Applicants must be a resident of Yakima County and a U.S. citizen. The applications are first submitted to a National evaluation service, and then the finalists are reviewed by a local Rotary committee. This amazing scholarship opportunity is administered by your local Rotary clubs (Yakima Rotary Trust) working together to change the lives of students for generations to come. Mary Monroe Davis’s motto for this scholarship is “Better leaders for tomorrow come through better education today”. Yakima has truly been blessed by this amazing gift to our valley. Applications for this very unique scholarship can be found here: Learn More