April 22, 2009

Rotary scholarships going begging?

We hear that the Racine Founders Rotary Club is having a problem: The club gives away five scholarships to graduating high school seniors -- a total of about $8,000 -- but this year has had very few applicants.

The annual awards are made to seniors who show academic improvement and a positive attitude toward education over the course of their high school years, and who plan to attend Southeast Wisconsin Colleges and Universities. There is no grade point requirement; in fact, preference is given to those not in the top 10% of their graduating class.

Recipients of the Rotary Strive Scholarships receive checks mailed directly to their college for tuition; the second payment is credited on condition that the student earned passing grades during the fall 2009 semester.

High school students who are interested should contact their counselor for additional information or contact Ahmad K. Qawi, Racine Founders Club Rotary Vocational Director at 262-619-1001 for a copy of the application.

The Strive Scholarship Fund was established by Attorney John Barry Stutt.


  1. The Rotary club should go to the community centers who have relationships with the youth. Qawi and the YMCA are not connected to inner-city at-risk youth.

  2. trying to help4/30/2009 1:11 PM

    I contacted Qawi several days ago via the email link in this article. Through my work at one of the centers I have knowledge of a student perfect for eligibility as described. Is there anyone else who might get back to me?

  3. Trying to help: Go HERE to reach other members of the Founders Club.

  4. tryig to help4/30/2009 3:13 PM

    Thanks Pete. I'll let ya know.