Annual Pearl River Rotary Scholarship Foundation Awards Named

IMG_1837On 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