Exemplary Students Take Home $20,000 in Scholarships

June 12, 2014
Vineland Rotary Club honors area high school and college scholars
When it comes to outstanding youth, 17 of southern New Jersey’s finest were the honored recipients of more than $20,000 in scholarships at the Rotary Club of Vineland’s Annual Scholarship and Recognition event.  Held at the Ramada Inn, the ceremony included the presentation of 17 scholarships, given by or in memory of long-time Rotarians who wish to further the dreams of area students.

“Tonight’s event is one of our club’s favorites as it exemplifies our reason for being,” says Ed Duffy, President, Rotary Club of Vineland.  “Our club members work very hard all year long to raise funds, volunteer in the community and create and implement programs for people and organizations in need.  Seeing these students here tonight makes it all worthwhile.  We congratulate this year’s award recipients and look forward to even greater things from them in the years ahead.”

The 2014 Vineland Rotary Scholarship Recipients include: Aria Asselta, William F. Dudley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; Sarah Bennett, Bruce and Lois Middleton Scholarship ($1,000), Vineland High School; Rachel Bernhardt, Harry D. Doerr Memorial Scholarship ($1,250), Drexel University; Patrick Bryant, Harry D. Doerr Memorial Scholarship ($1,250), Vineland High School; Florimar Diaz-Jimenez, Vineland Rotary Memorial Scholarship “Tribute to Deceased Rotarians” ($1,000), Vineland High School Vo Tech; Sarah Dietz, John Spoltore/Matt Blatt Most Inspirational Scholarship ($2,500), Vineland High School; Bailey Giblin, Otto Schwabe Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; Emma Holmes, Harry D. Doerr Memorial Scholarship ($1,250), Cumberland County College; Brandon Jones, Reverend C. Ross Collins Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; Katelin Letizia, Leslie N. Kotok Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; John Malatesta, The Grapevine’s Hometown Heroes Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; Patricia Matias-Cruz, Harry Kejzman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Cumberland County College; Mary Katherine McCormick, The Grapevine’s Hometown Heroes Scholarship ($1,500); Our Lady of Mercy Academy; Brooke Mounts, Loyle Lanes Bowling Center Scholarship ($1,000), Millville Senior High School; William Pelosi, Harry D. Doerr Memorial Scholarship ($1,250), Cumberland County College; Jonathan Roig, Shaye Kotok Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), Vineland High School; Liliya Bondarenko, Kimball Cup Award for Valedictorian of Vineland High School.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.  Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.  The Rotary Club of Vineland has 91 members and meets on Tuesdays, at 12:10 PM at the Vineland Ramada Inn.  For more information, visit www.vinelandrotary.com.