Spirit of Service Scholarship Awards (pictured left to right): Chad Bordeaux – Rotarian, Karen Van Vierssen – President, Mia Jeanty, Rachel Capps, Maggie Ballard, Emily Atkinson, Elizabeth Hartley – Rotarian and Scholarship Coach.
The Lake Wylie Rotary Club held its Spirit of Service Scholarship Awards on Tuesday night, May 19, having narrowed down the field of nominees to five students from the Clover High School. After welcome and introductions, the Club listened to the presentations of the 5 Student Finalists selected by a panel of judges. Each student was given the opportunity to make a presentation about their service to the community. A team of Rotarian judges selected the winners.
The club also recognized two other prestigious awards during the event: Unsung Hero; and Rotarian of the Year.
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Maggie Ballard, $2,000 Scholarship Recipient and Elizabeth Hartley
– – Photo Courtesy Lake Wylie Rotary
Maggie Ballard, who will major in education at the University of South Carolina, was awarded one of the top $2,000 scholarship awards. She has a heart for mission work and reaching out to those that are less fortunate. She worked with students that had “special needs”, worked as an afterschool and summer camp counselor for the YMCA. She has also participated in short-term mission trips to provide assistance in Honduras.
Emily Atkinson, $2,000 Scholarship Recipient and Elizabeth Hartley.
— Photo Courtesy of Lake Wylie Rotary
Emily Atkinson, who will attend Anderson University to prepare to become a Physical Therapist, was awarded the Clover High School Interact Club $2,000 scholarship. Atkinson served as the Clover High School Interact Club Vice President, and was responsible for maintaining the club’s Facebook page. This past year, she participated in the Special Olympics and has volunteered for Rideability, which is a program for children with disabilities. She also has plans to continue to play an active role in Rotary at Anderson University in the Rotaract Program.
The decision to the first place Scholarship Award is always a difficult and daunting task for the judges. The three other students; Rachel Capps, Billy Gallien, and Mia Jeanty, were each awarded a $500 Scholarship. By all means, these student’s activities were just as impressive and represented a significant contribution to our community.
$500 Scholarship Recipient
$500 Scholarship Recipient
The Lake Wylie Rotary Club is very proud to award these five outstanding students scholarships who all exemplify the Rotary International Motto of “Service Above Self”. The LWRC is able to provide this opportunity to our local students primarily from the funds raised by the Annual Lake Wylie Luau, which will again be held on Saturday, September 12, at the Red Fez Club.
Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Service Scholarship Recipients.