Since 2005 the club has given out $130,000 in scholarships. The $10,000 Rockwall High School scholarship went to Alexis Catinchi who will be attending Arizona State University and the Rockwall Heath High School beneficiary was Andrea Alvarez.
Since 1975, the service organization has awarded college scholarships. At his year’s scholarship luncheon, the club’s first beneficiary, Jim Pennington, was in attendance to witness the evidence of the club’s enduring benevolent spirit. Pennington has recently joined with noon Rotarians in mentoring RISD students.
For 24 years the Rotary Club has hosted the popular Hot Rocks Bike Ride. The proceeds are used for the yearly scholarships. This year’s cycling event will be held on August 10, 2013 for more info hotrocksbikerace.com.
Head chairman for RHS AND RHHS: Jennifer Moran
RHS Scholarship Committee: Jean Abernathy, Chairperson, Jon Bailey, Nancy Beaty, Diego Blanco, Bill Cecil, Frank Miller, Susan Satterwhite, Bill Sinclair, Peg Smith, David Sweet, Jack Abernathy, Barbara Allan, Cheryl Taylor and Jen Moran
RHHS Scholarship Committee: Rob Whittle, Chairman, Chuck Bealmear, Dave Butler, John Curtis, Tim Hartley, Brad Lamberth, Lorne Liechty, Stan Lowrance and Jen Moran.
In addition, The Rockwall Rotary Foundation manages the Robert and Cis Hawk Scholarships. Since 2005 $702,000 total has been awarded, $546,000 to students and $156,000 to the teachers whom each student cites as the one that had the most impact on their lives. This year the 12 students and teachers who were awarded the Robert & Cis Hawk Scholarships were:
Rockwall-Heath High School
Keith Allen Linda Rogers
Austin James Kimberly Blain
McKenna Perez Laura Beene
Caroline McCallum Linda Rogers
Rebekah Gerritsen Kimberly Card
Lindsay Archuleta Cathryn Albrecht
Rockwall High School
Sawyer Knight Michelle Pauken
Gaines Kinsey Toby Howell
Brennan Bassett Liz White
Morgan Reynolds Melinda Lewis
Ivette Colunga Anna Campbell
Julia Sealock Liz White
The Robert and Cis Hawk Scholarship Committee members are: Sheri Franza, chairman, Robert and Cis Hawk, Harold Eavenson, Terry Garrett, Lorie Grinnan, Dr. LeMaster, Tom Maglisceau, Mark Moeller, Ed Thatcher and Brian Williams.
The Rockwall Noon Rotary Club looks forward to continuing their Service Above Self mission in the coming years.
Submitted by Nancy Beaty.