Apr 22, 2020
Scholarship Foundation Award Presentation
Manufacturer and Business Association

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE MANUFACTURERS' AND BUSINESS CONFERENCE CENTER

The Scholarship Foundation of the Rotary Club of Erie is the principal and longest-running service project in the Club’s history.

On September 28, 1956 six incorporators, Ken Root, Howard Kelly, Bart Birmingham, Tom Yates, J.C. Spencer, and Eric Schabacker filed an application for a not for profit Corporation Charter. Allyn Wright, another member of the Club was one of the 12 original trustees. The Foundation Charter was granted on October 22, 1956 and the Foundation was in business. The trustees contacted every member of the Club for a contribution to the Foundation. In 1957, nine applications were received and three of these applications received scholarship grants. Three years later, on July 28, 1960, the Endowment Fund of the Scholarship Foundation was established “to receive gifts, legacies, and bequests.”

Five students are selected from each Erie City high school by their teachers and guidance counselors based on their academic record, financial need and aderence to the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." These students write a 2-page essay on how they exhibit service in their lives and participate in an interview conducted by Scholarship Foundation trustees. The winning student from each school will be presented with their scholarship and speak to the Club about their service and their future plans at this meeting.