Charlotte Shelburne Rotary presents $7,500 in scholarships to local students

The winners of the 2012 Rotary Scholarship awards from Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club and their parents, with Scholarship Committee Chair Alan Hathaway, are, left to right, Lori and Matthew Smith and their daughter AnnaClare Smith, Taylor Thibault and her mother Paulette Thibault, Susana Urrutia and her daughter Beatriz, and Claire Cowell and her mother Laura.

Four local students will have financial support for their continuing education thanks to the Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club’s annual Scholarship awards.
At their May 23 meeting, the club hosted the four students and their parents for breakfast and applauded the stories of impressive community service experience that each one shared with the group.
Scholarship Committee Chair Alan Hathaway introduced the four winners, chosen from 18 applicants with assistance from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation who prescreened the applications. The committee, which included Rotarians Adam Bartsch, Joan Lenes, Dave Rice, Linda Barker, Bob Sanders, and Trafton Crandall, then read the applications, letters of recommendation and essays that are required for the process.
AnnaClare Smith, daughter of Lori and Matthew Smith of Shelburne, who will attend Middlebury College, told the Rotary Club about her success in organizing fund raising events at Champlain Valley Union High School after Tropical Storm Irene. She organized Café for A Cause and a Food Drive, raising $7,000 for Waterbury storm victims, and also leading a work day in Waterbury. She had also traveled with Volunteer Vermont to Summerton, S.C.
Beatriz Urrutia, daughter of Susana Urrutia of Shelburne, is a senior at CVU who plans to study to be a translator at University of New Hampshire in the fall. She told the Rotary Club about her experiences working as a volunteer with the seniors at Shelburne Bay Senior Living, assisting the activities director.
Claire Colwell, the daughter of Laura Colwell of Hinesburg, is a senior at CVU who will attend Wheaton College in Illinois in the fall. Her volunteer experience story was of the years she has spent as a Big Sister at Camp Daybreak in Goshen. She told of the work she did with a seriously anti-social boy with ADHD, who at the end of the season told her he wished she could be his real big sister, as he had had the best time of his life.
Taylor Thibault, daughter of Paulette Thibault of Charlotte, is a graduate of Rice High School who has been attending Providence College in Rhode Island. Her volunteer experience was with Habitat for Humanity, and she told of the satisfaction of work with the families to build the homes they will own.
Charlotte Shelburne Rotary has made scholarships for local students continuing their education a priority for most of its 41 year history. Funds are raised for this and many other community projects through a Car Raffle in the spring, a Bowl-a-thon in the fall, and this year for the first time a Golf Ball Drop at the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival on Sept. 15. Tickets for the Golf Ball Drop will be on sale soon.

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