$12,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Local HS Graduates

The Rotary Club of East Lansing through its Foundation, awarded “Joe Gross Memorial Scholarships” to seven graduating seniors at the East Lansing High School Awards Convocation held on Friday, May 24, 2019.

The scholarships, totaling $12,000, were presented to the following college-bound seniors: Madison Foley, Shiangi Lin, Allison Supanich- Goldner, Julia Chenault, Marrien Hanuscak, Logan Ann Jackson and Eleanor Carr. East Lansing Rotarians Laura Hosey and Bob Davis presented the awards on behalf of the Foundation at the Convocation.

These scholarships are awarded upon meeting several criteria items that include: the student applicant’s involvement in the community and related service activities; academic accomplishments; and financial need. Individual scholarship amounts vary and can range between $1,000 and $3,000.

Scholarship funds are raised through the East Lansing Rotary Foundation which holds an annual golf outing in September known as the “Scramble for Scholarships.” Last September’s (2018) golf outing marked the 31 st year for the event. Over this period, the Rotary Club of East Lansing and its Foundation have awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships to assist graduating East Lansing High School seniors with their college expenses. The scholarships are named for Joseph Gross who was a Rotary Club of East Lansing President and Governor of Rotary District 6360 who cared deeply about young people and their futures.

Vocational Awards Ceremony- Laurie Baumer

Laurie Baumer of the Community Foundation recently received a Vocational Award at the East Lansing Rotary Club. She was singled out for her successful years of leadership and fund development at Ele’s Place, and for her new focus as Executive Vice President of the Community Foundation. Her leadership and innovation for building capacity and greater impact for local nonprofits is providing huge benefits to the community. Congratulations Laurie! A well-deserved recognition!