2015 scholarship winner Patrick Truskey

2015 scholarship winner Patrick Truskey

The Rotary Club of Roanoke is pleased to offer scholarships to area high school seniors. This year the club will award a four year scholarship of $8,000 to college students committed to service to others.

Requirements: The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a high school senior residing and attending school in the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County or Salem. The applicant must be in the top 50% of his or her class, and must have been accepted or applying to an accredited four year college or university.

Students attending the military service academies, or receiving a similar full-time ROTC, athletic or academic scholarships are ineligible

The winners must be willing to attend a Rotary Club lunch meeting to thank the club and give a two minute talk on their college and career goals.

Application Process: Complete and submit the application form below. Supporting documents such as letters and transcripts must be uploaded with the understanding that after viewing by the selection panel they will be destroyed in year four.

Applications must be submitted by March 152016 and the winner will be notified by April 172016.

Selection criteria: A major selection item will be demonstrated service to others in areas of family, school, community and other service organizations including churches. A maximum of two reference letters citing service must be submitted. References listed by the tentative winner may be called for verification prior to final selection.

Financial need will not be considered and no information should be submitted. The applicant must certify that they do not have a full scholarship as stated above.

Academic progress and strength of classes will be considered.  A high school transcript or letter of authentication from the school must be submitted.The depth of commitment to a proposed college major and career goals will be considered.

The student’s career goals must be discussed in a cover letter. The cover letter must also contain a short (150 words or less) paragraph explaining the applicant’s understanding of the Rotary Motto “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” and how the receipt of this scholarship will help the applicant serve others.

Scholarship Retention

In order to retain the scholarship and continue receiving the $2,000 annual payment for the full four years the recipient must continue to be a student in good standing at the college or university of their choice. Each year the recipient must attend a Rotary Club meeting with other awardees and give a scholastic and career update to our membership.

The monies will be disbursed over a four year period with a $1,000 check payable to the student’s school at the start of each semester. This is to encourage and underwrite continuation of the students in a four year program. If they drop out, the remaining monies are forfeited and used for other scholarships.

All submitted material becomes the property of the Rotary club and will not be returned.

For more information

Contact Scholarship Committee Chairman John Cahoon at

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