Rotary to offer $6,000 scholarship
Fairfield Rotary Club will offer a scholarship this year to a college or vocational student who is planning to make Fairfield their long-term home.
The club is calling this special, one-time gift the Rotary Homecoming Scholarship, which will be for $6,000.
According to a press release from Rotarian Beth Alonso, the club had funds left over from unclaimed scholarships from years ago. Rather than put the money into its general fund, the club decided to make sure it went where it was intended.
“We are aware that oftentimes scholarship funds dry up after freshman year in college,” said Alonso in a press release. “So rather than award this to high school students, we decided to take this opportunity to offer a one-time, bigger scholarship, one that would really have a meaningful impact on someone who is just finishing or just finished post-secondary education and is getting started in their career in Fairfield.”
Alonso said the Rotary Homecoming Scholarship would also be a way of investing in the town by keeping and attracting young adults. She said the club hopes the recipient will be someone who likes to be involved in the community to make it an even better place to live and work. The recipient will also receive a six-month membership to the Fairfield Rotary Club to provide them business networking and service experiences to connect them to the Fairfield community.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must fit two criteria: 1) have student debt in excess of $10,000; 2) be an alumnus of either Fairfield High School or Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in their final year of post-secondary education intending to make their career in Fairfield; or be a former Fairfield student who has graduated from a two- or four-year institution in the last two years and has taken a position in Fairfield.
Applications are due by Dec. 1 along with a one- to two-page essay or short video explaining career plans, past/current community involvement, service and leadership roles. Applicants must also supply an unofficial college transcript, and an official transcript upon their selection. They must also submit student debt documentation.
Applicants will be notified of their selection by Jan. 1. For more information, contact Alonso at Alonso_beth@yahoo.com.
In addition to offering the Rotary Homecoming Scholarship, the club has increased the number and size of its annual scholarships. For many years, the club awarded two $1,500 scholarships per year. Beginning this year, the club will offer four $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors going to college.