Vineland Rotary awards $21,000 in scholarships to area students

16 local students received scholarship awards on June 6, 2017

15 of the 16 local students who received scholarship awards on June 6, 2017

June 7, 2017, Vineland NJ – When it comes to outstanding youth, 16 of the Vineland area’s finest were the honored recipients of $21,000 in scholarships at the Rotary Club of Vineland’s Annual Scholarship and Recognition event on Tuesday, June 7, 2017. The ceremony, held at Merighi’s Savoy Inn, included the presentation of 13 different scholarships, many named in honor of long-time Rotarians who dedicated themselves to furthering the dreams of area students.

“The Vineland Rotary Club is dedicated to the concept of ‘Service Above Self’,” said Susanna Philippoussis, President, Rotary Club of Vineland. “Our Club has a proud history of reaching out to the youth of our community, whether it is our role in guiding Interact Club members to carry out service projects, the Challenger League for physically challenged kids to be able to play baseball, the dictionaries we distribute to third graders in our community, our selection of high school students to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program held at Stockton for a week each summer or these annual scholarship awards given to college-age individuals in our community to help them achieve their best in education.”

The 2017 Vineland Rotary Scholarship Recipients include:
· $1,000 Harry Kejzman Memorial Scholarship—
– Andrew Snowman, Buena Regional High School
· $1,500 Shaye Kotok Memorial Scholarship—
– Tara Marrongelli, Vineland High School
· $1,500 Leslie N. Kotok Memorial Scholarship—
– David Concordia Jr., Vineland High School
· $2,500 John Spoltore/Matt Blatt Most Inspirational Scholarship—
– Mia Montalvo, Vineland High School
· $2,500 SNJ Today’s Hometown Heroes Scholarship—
– Ryley Bennett, St. Augustine Preparatory School
· $1,000 each (4) Harry D. Doerr Memorial Scholarship—
– Donald Anthony Carter, Cumberland County College
– Emma King, Boston University
– Ryan McMahon, Philadelphia University
– Zachary Propert, NJIT
· $1,500 Rev. C. Ross Collins Memorial Scholarship—
– Madison Hagerty, Our Lady of Mercy Academy
· $1,000 Vineland Rotary Memorial Scholarship (Tribute to Deceased Rotarians)—
– Bryan Garcia, Saint Joseph High School
· $1,000 Cumberland County College University Center Scholarship—
– Rachel Reese, Cumberland County College
· $1,500 Otto Schwabe Memorial Scholarship—
– Oleh Chernenko, Vineland High School
· $1,500 William F. Dudley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship—
– Xin Yue Joselyn Liu, Vineland High School
· $1,000 Bruce & Lois Middleton Scholarship—
– Frank DiGiorgio Jr., Vineland High School
· $500 Kimball Cup Award (including Silver Cup) for the Valedictorian of VHS—
– Neelkanth Patel, Vineland High School Valedictorian

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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 meets on Tuesdays, at 12:10 PM at the Vineland Ramada Inn. For more information, visit