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Princeton Rotary Club releases scholarship information

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 2:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 4:00 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton Rotary Club has released information about the 2014 Swan-Eickmeier Scholarship Program.

Five $1,000 non-renewable scholarships will be awarded to Princeton High School graduating seniors pursuing a two- or four-year college degree. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to students in one installment following graduation. Scholarship money must be applied directly to tuition, room and board, fees, and/or books/media.

The criteria for students applying for the scholarship will include enrollment as a student at PHS for at least one academic year prior to graduation, the intent to complete a college degree and enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited college or university. Selection will be based on candidate’s academic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay about how Rotary service and ideals will play a role in their life.

“This marks the 14th year the Princeton Rotary Club will be offering scholarships,” said Judson Lusher, scholarship committee chairman. “The Swan-Eickmeier Scholarship is another way for the Rotary Club to further their support and interest in the education of Princeton’s young people. Members take great pride in the scholarship program because it helps students financially and furthers our mission of helping others,” he added.

“The scholarships are funded via the various fundraising events sponsored by the Princeton Rotary Club, including its annual charity auction.” Lusher said. “It also makes contributions to other organizations and programs throughout the community.”

Founded in 1905, Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. There are 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. Rotary members believe it starts with a commitment to “Service Above Self”.

Seniors may pick up a Swan-Eickmeier Scholarship application from counselors in the high school guidance office. Applications must be received by April 11. Notification of the five scholarship award winners will occur in May.

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