The Patterson Rotary awarded $6,000 to some well-deserving area High School Seniors. Applicants for the scholarships had to demonstrate a commitment to the community, be college bound and have a "service above self" mentality. Five applicants were chosen from the many that were submitted.
Community Service Scholarship - Stevie Lyn Delanoy – Brewster High School
Stevie Lyn’s dedication and contributions to support Special Olympics is the epitome of community service. For the last five years she has been an active partner for the Special Olympics Basketball Team. In her application, she wrote “she became involved with Special Olympics as a way to give back to her community. However, after five years of service, she realized that actually, she was the recipient; her life became more interesting and enriched by knowing these extraordinary athletes. Stevie Lyn will study Childhood Education at SUNY Buffalo.
BOCES Trade Scholarship - Linda “Camilla” Perez Palma – Pawling High School
Camilla’s story is truly an all-American tale. She came to the United States four years ago from El Salvador and within that time she learned a new language, excelled at her studies and discovered through her BOCES training as a Nursing Assistant and working at the Lutheran Medical Center, that nursing is her passion. Camilla wrote in her essay “that she likes a challenge and wants to fulfill her dream of helping people when they are living their most difficult moments. She will dedicate her life to always learning new nursing and medical skills to benefit her patients.” She will attend Dutchess Community College to become a Registered Nurse.
William H. Kieran Scholarship —Autumn-Noel Laughlin - Carmel
Autumn-Noel is someone who makes you immediately feel welcomed. She has dedicated countless hours volunteering for Christ Church’s Youth Program; whether it was for the Friday evening gatherings or breakfast and midnight runs to Manhattan to feed and clothe the homeless. The activity that impressed us most was her fundraiser idea for “Guidepost Comfort for Kits for Kids,” an organization that puts together care kits for sick children in hospitals. Autumn was a member of the Carmel Chorus. She loves music and her idea was to host a dance for kids 10 years and older. The event was a hit! They raised over $3000 and her fundraising model was used by the organization as an on-going fundraiser. Her ingenuity and willingness to assist others in need is truly amazing. Autumn will study Human Services at Dutchess Community College.
Geoffrey L. Reinwald Inventiveness Scholarship - Paulo Graviria - Carmel High School
Since 2015 Paulo has volunteered at our Rotary events such as Men Who Cook, Blues & BBQ as a member of Mary O’Dell’s FBLA team, Carmel’s Holiday on the Lake and Coin Drop. He did this while working construction and being a good family member. In his essay, he wrote that his whole academic career had been dedicated to becoming someone who could raise both his and his family’s standard of living. It was community service that allowed him to see that he could also empower people in the community to become their best selves. Paulo’s commitment to family and the community was inspiring. We are happy to announce that he has been accepted as a member of the 2023 class of Yale College.
Service Above Self Scholarship - Shannon Maynard – Pawling High School
Shannon is a true Rotarian. Her enthusiasm and leadership as the President of the Pawling Interact Club has made quite an impact. The Rotary’s motto is “service above self.” Shannon wrote: ‘those were three simple, yet impactful words. What does it mean to me? To be selfless and endlessly help others. Often there is someone, somewhere who has it worse than me. Helping people within your own community can be the first step and lead to huge differences.’ Powerful words. Shannon will attend Spadoni College of Coastal Carolina University in the Fall.