We were honored to host the 2018 Tantasqua scholarship recipients and their parents recently. The Club has been awarding scholarships each year to local students for the past 45 years. The first scholarship was for $500 and the amount awarded has steadily increased over the years. This year Sturbridge Rotary awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to six students. Cumulatively, we are proud to have awarded over $200,000 in local scholarships.
Of the 47 applications reviewed this year, the scholarship committee chose the following students based upon the Club’s criteria of personal and scholastic achievement, participation in school activities including sports, as well as community participation through work and volunteering.
Tayla Lynn Shepard from Sturbridge – accepted at the American International College in Springfield, MA in the Nursing Program.
Emily Irene Bready from Wales – accepted to pursue a BS in Public Health/BSN dual degree program offered through Worcester State University and the MA College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University.
Thomas Muir from Sturbridge – accepted at UMass Amherst pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering.
Rachel Godek from Wales – accepted at UConn in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Sylvia Costa from Brimfield – accepted at UMass Lowell College of Engineering with a major of Civil Engineering.
Philip Standrowicz from Southbridge – accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston focusing on a Computer Science program. Philip also received the Wendell Wright Memorial Educational Award for $500 in memory of Wendell Wright. Wendell’s widow, Dorothy Wright, a Sturbridge Rotarian, presented the award.
L to R: Sylvia Costa, Emily Irene Bready, President Dave, Philip Standrowicz, Rachel Godek, Thomas Muir. Unfortunately, Tayla Lynn Shepard was not able to attend.