Pictured from left are: Jessica Ritter, Angela Wingert, Abigail Johnson, Molly Catherine Hill, Pascal Castillo, Kelsey Langdon, Brian Gerber, Amanda Benzenhafer, Brandon Hale, Isabelle Sheridan, Meredith Waropay, Riley Phipps, and Andrew Schmal. Not pictured: Ryan Carney (Photo provided)
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Fourteen area High School seniors were the recipients of $78,000 in scholarships given by the Medford-Vincentown Rotary.
Each of the students were awarded their scholarship money at a dinner ceremony held at Braddock’s Tavern where they celebrated with their family, friends, and Rotary club members.
“This is my favorite night of the year,” said Tammy Herbert, member of the Rotary Club’s Scholarship Committee. “We are so impressed by these high school seniors and their accomplishments. We are honored to be able to help them with their college expenses.”
“The committee works with the high school guidance counselors to receive applications,” Scholarship Committee chair Bob Wardle explains. “The applicants must write an essay on community service and then participate in an interview with the committee. The essay and interview are an integral part of our decision-making process, but we also take the student’s grades, community involvement, and financial need into consideration.”
The students who were awarded scholarships are:
From Shawnee High School:
- Pascal Castillo (Drexel)
- Brian Gerber (Rowan University)
- Molly Catherine Hill (Rowan University)
- Riley Phipps (James Madison University)
- Andrew Schmal (Rowan College BC)
- Isabelle Sheridan (American University)
- Angela Wingert (Wilkes University)
From Seneca High School:
- Amanda Benzenhafer (University of Arkansas)
- Brandon Hale (University of Pittsburgh)
- Abigail Johnson (University of Vermont)
- Kelsey Langdon (University of South Carolina)
- Meredith Waropay (Ithaca College).
From Sequoia High School:
- Jessica Ritter (Camden College).
From Bishop Eustace Prep:
- Ryan Carney (Catholic University).
“This is what Rotary can do,” exclaimed David Stow, the club’s longest-tenured member at 40 years. “Rotary’s mission is Service Above Self. We raise money all year long through a variety of activities so that we can fulfill that mission and serve others.”
The Medford-Vincentown Rotary is a community of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service locally and globally.