–photo credit to John Bonsett-Veal & Pete Christianson
The Madison Rotary Foundation has awarded college scholarships totaling $312,000 to 26 graduates from Madison area high schools, and we honored the students, along with their guests, at our May 24 luncheon.
Students who received these scholarships are listed below by donor scholarship fund:
Robert M. Bolz Scholar: Rahim Ansari
Nathan F. Brand Scholar: Lydia Starkey
Frederic Brandenberg Scholar: Evelyn Cuellar
Harry French Scholars: Matida Bojang, Paula Gonzalez, Daniel Obi & Alvin Xiong
Dick Goldberg Scholar: Violeta Calderon
Perry & Virginia Henderson Scholar: Terence Agee
Louis Hirsig Scholar: Ivanna Sanchez-Vineuza
Thomas Leonard Scholar: Wesley Proctor
Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Scholars: Hawi Bedaso, Allison Bultman, Soulja
Gamble, Justin Lor, Sarah Matejka, Narik Riak, José Rodriguez, Ryia Steps & Liliana
Andrew McBeath Scholars: Kevin Leuaxay & Alfred Lopez-Daniel
Regina Millner Scholar: Hannah Kwiatkowski
Synergy Scholar: Symone Booker
Worzala Family Scholar: Joshua Isenberger
In addition, we award a two-year scholarship to a student to attend Madison
College. Luis Aleman is the 2017 Wilson Scholar.
Our Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee annually selects students from participating high schools. The chosen applicants are students with high academic standing and with character and leadership ability who have made contributions to their schools and communities and have financial need.
This year’s group of scholars had the benefit of hearing from a past recipient, Leen Bnyat, a 2013 Levy Famly Scholar who graduated from UW-Madison earlier this month with a degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and certificates in African Studies and Global Health.
We appreciate the efforts of our photographers John Bonsett-Veal and Pete Christianson who provided us with individual and group photos of this year’s recipients.
We sincerely appreciate the donors who have made scholarships possible thorugh the following named funds: Robert M. Bolz, Nathan F. Brand, Frederic S. Brandenburg, Harry L. French, Dick Goldberg, Perry & Virginia Henderson, Louis Hirsig, Thomas Leonard, Irving & Dorothy Levy Family, Andrew A. McBeath, Regina M. Millner, Mike & Patty Wilson and the Worzala Family – thank you! We also have our Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Fund in which anyone can contribute any amount to to help us fund future scholarships.
Our thanks to this year’s Scholarship Committee for the many hours spent on reviewing applications, interviewing students and developing recommendations for this year’s award recipients: Scott Haumersen, Marci Henderson, Donna Hurd, Robyn Kitson (chair), Oscar Mireles, Stacy Nemeth and Laura Peck. We also thank The Park Hotel for providing complimentary parking for our scholars and their families.
Our congratulations to the 26 students receiving this year’s scholarships and best wishes for success in their college careers!
As always, the awards program is a motivation for all Rotarians to provide financial resources for the Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Program. Anyone wishing to make a donation may send their gift to our MRF Synergy Scholarship Fund, 2 S. Carroll St., Ste. 255, Madison, WI 53703.