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Our club has been awarding scholarships to local high school students for over 50 years. While it’s possible to go back and calculate the amount of money awarded (well in excess of a million dollars), the incalculable amount is the investment in our local students. The Rotary scholarships are the shining star of our club. No other single part of the club has had such as lasting impact on our community like our scholarships.
Each year, Yakima Rotary awards 15 Academic Scholarships to local graduating high school seniors who are attending Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, Highland, LaSalle, Naches Valley, Selah, Riverside Christian and West Valley high schools; students who are homeschooled within those districts; and those within those districts who are part of YVCC’s Running Start Program. The award is to be used at a post-high school institution beginning the fall after graduation is based upon academic performance; citizenship in the school and community environment; and a personal essay. The amount of the scholarship is $2,500. Please click here to download the 2017 Academic Scholarship. Applications and all supporting documents must be postmarked by Friday, March 10, 2017. Award winners will be notified by May 1, 2017. Winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to receive their awards.
In addition to the annual Academic Scholarships, Yakima Rotary also has available a total of $32,500 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 who are currently or will be attending Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University and YVCC. 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. Please click here to download the 2017 Vocational Scholarship. Applications and all supporting documents must be postmarked by Monday, March 13, 2017. Winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 to receive their awards.
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