Dollars for Scholars

PHOTO PROVIDED L-R: Amy Nichols(MSJ), McKenzie Traska (MSJ), Ethan Welch (MR), Brittnay Heffermehl (MR), Julianne Bardin (MR), Elizabeth Tate (Proctor), Nicole Denno (RHS), Lauren Cozzens (RHS), Joseph Torres-Alomar (RHS), and Eric Morten (Stafford), Missing from photo is Brittany Foss, (Stafford).

What is the price tag of a college education? According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges. For any high school senior, that is a huge price tag. Rutland South Rotary Club understands that these college-bound individuals need help in defraying that exorbitant cost. For close to 40 years, Rutland South Rotary Club has awarded $390,000 in scholarships to 400 deserving Rutland County Students. It has been a labor of love that has made a small but impactful difference in their lives.

The schools that participate in this program are Mill River Union High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Proctor High School, Rutland High School, and Stafford Technical Center. The awards are $1500 and $1000.

The 2017 Rutland South Rotary Scholarship recipients are, Mill River: Julianne Bardin — $1500, Brittnay Heffermehl — $1000, and Ethan Welch — $1000. MSJ: McKenzie Traska — $1500, and Amy Nichols — $1000. Proctor: Elizabeth Tate — $1500. Rutland High School: Nicole Denno — $1500, Lauren Cozzen — $1000, and Joseph Torres-Alomar — $1000. Stafford Technical Center: Brittany Foss — $1500, and Eric Morton-$1000.