On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 the Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees President, Donald Brenner, and Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee Chairman, Frank Ripa, presented 20 scholarship winners with awards of $3,000 each.
In 1989, under the theme of ‘Making a Difference,’ the Pearl River Rotary Club chartered the Scholarship Foundation. Its mission was to open educational opportunities for students who are residents of the Pearl River School District through and beyond the 21st century.
A local Pearl River businessman, the late Edward Bouton, contributed $50,000 to establish this scholarship fund and challenged the club membership to match his donation. His challenge was met and with that initial $100,000 fund, augmented by annual fundraising events coupled with perpetual memorial and scholarship contributions given by Rotary member and non-member donations, the endowment fund has steadily increased.
Today, it stands at $1.2 million. Through prudent investments the Scholarship Foundation uses only the interest from the fund to provide the annual awards.
The following students received awards for 2014/15:
Devon McEnroe – Edward Bouton Memorial Award
Nicole Sclafani – Laura Bouton Memorial Award
Emily McCarthy – Joan A Fury Memorial Award
Kaitlyn O’Riordan – Donald & Betsy Brenner Scholarship Award
James Stephen – Robert J Beckerle Memorial Award
Sean Reagan-Ward – Faye Vuozzo Memorial Award
Kathleen Gleeson – PRHS Class of 1962 Scholarship Award
Logan McIntyre – PRHS Class of 1962 Scholarship Award
Terrence Hughes – Dr. Fred Schroeder Memorial Award
Taylor Rudloff – Heinz Ahlmeyer, Jr. Class of 1961 Memorial Award
Adrienne Ammirati – Gus Pappas Memorial Award
Timothy Fusco – Jeffrey Keahon Memorial Award
Shane Duggan – Jo Ripa Memorial Award
Brian Edsall – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
Gary Healy – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
Danielle Muchoe – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
Kelly Mulligan – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
John Redmond – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
Erin Shortell – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award
Maura Sullivan – Pearl River Rotary Foundation Award