Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan and Westfield High School principal Peter Renwick were honored guests Tuesday as the Westfield Rotary Club Foundation presented 22 local college-bound students with scholarships totaling $95,500 at the organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Westfield Area YMCA.
Liz Ensslin, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee, presided over the scholarship presentations in collaboration with the selection committee comprised of Rotarians Mary Ellen O’Boyle, Jason Astel, Margaret Subhas, Philip Richardson and Dr. Elaine Swingle. Criteria for consideration, according to Ensslin, are based on academic achievement, service to the community and financial need. Recipients must be Westfield residents who are graduating seniors enrolled in an accredited high school.
Sherry Cronin, who chairs the Rotary foundation board, said more than $2.6 million has been awarded to Westfield scholars since the club’s inception of the scholarship fund in 1923.
“Rotary’s group of scholarships are financed by proceeds from the club’s yearly pancake breakfast, Grand Raffle and a managed fund comprised of donations and bequests by Rotarians, their families and friends.," Cronin explained. "The club foundation’s scholarship committee also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.”
One scholarship for $10,000, given in memory of Rotarian Robert and Winifred Read for a graduate student studying law, was presented to Christina Obiajulu, who is enrolled at Colombia University Law School.
Two $15,000 scholarships to be spread out over four years were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace and went to Rutgers University-bound Courtney Han and to Joseph Obiajulu, who will attend Princeton University. A $10,000 scholarship also to be paid out over four years and honoring Westfield Rotarians living and deceased was given to Sonya Khedr, who plans to attend High Point University.
Other winners were as follows:Recipient Intended College Scholarship Amount Jin Pengju Carnegie Mellon Harry Sturcke Memorial $5,000 Alana Zepka TCNJ Harry Sturcke Memorial $4,000 Jimmy Yang Boston College Linda Read Memorial $3,000 Kristin Troutman Vanderbilt Univ. Linda Read Memorial $3,000 Katelyn Kelly Sacred Heart Univ. Linda Read Memorial $3,000 Christopher Harris James Madison Harry Sturcke Memorial $2,500 Alexandra Brown Univ. of Richmond Harry Sturcke Memorial $2,500 Mary McDermott Saint Joseph’s Univ. Georgiana Pollack Memorial $2,500 Megan McCusker Loyola University Georgiana Pollack Memorial $2,500 Liam Collins Siena College Chester Gerdes Memorial $2,500 Jason Colasanti Univ. of Maryland Charles and Florence Wallace Memorial $2,500 Nicole Boretz Univ. of Cent. Fla. Charles and Florence Wallace Memorial $2,500 Jimmy Yang Boston College Rotarians Living and Deceased $2,000 Meghan Reilly Lehigh University Emerson Thomas Memorial $1,500 Allison Hecht McGill University Georgiana Pollack Memorial $1,500 Jessica Ciampa Loyola University Georgiana Pollack Memorial $1,500 Patrick Terry Duke University Rotarians Living & Deceased $1,500 Paul Lizzo NJIT In Honor of Rotarians $1,000 Joanna McCormack MA College of Pharmacy and Health Science In Honor of Rotarians $1,000