This spring, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to 2017 graduates of Door County high schools. Thirteen graduating seniors were awarded scholarships in recognition of their academic and volunteer achievements. “As a humanitarian organization committed to service above self, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay is thrilled to be supporting the next generation of young people who will make positive changes in our world,” said Jeff Ottum, Rotary member and academic scholarship committee chair. “These young men and women have already demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to serving others. We applaud their achievements and look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.”
Eight students were awarded a Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Service Above Self scholarship. This scholarship is given to students who successfully enroll in post-secondary education at a four-year college or university. Recipients were Bret Bicoy, Moriah Grahl, Charlie Pollock and Jenna Seiler of Sturgeon Bay High School; Megan Kasten of Sevastopol High School; Alexzander Johnson of Washington Island High School; and Riley Haleen and Jennifer Leonard of Gibraltar High School. Sophia Pollman of Gibraltar and Hanna Mallien of Southern Door were selected as alternates.
The Rising to the Challenge scholarship is awarded to students enrolling in either a two or four-year institution. Recipients were Lexis Joly of Sevastopol and Jacqueline Simonar of Southern Door.
The club also awarded three Robert Muckian Service Above Self Scholarships, presented to outstanding students planning to pursue a vocational degree at a technical college. Recipients were Hailey Geyer and Megan Pavlik of Southern Door High School and Ian Moore from Gibraltar High School.
In addition to these scholarships, 32 high school seniors were honored with a Rotary Vocational Award, recognizing their exceptional aptitude and work ethic in vocational fields of study, and 15 seniors were honored with a Rotary Service Above Self Award, recognizing their outstanding commitment to personal service to others. These students represented all five Door County school districts, and received a framed certificate honoring their achievement.