Record-breaking year for the RCM Scholarship Program
By Jim Miller and Jon Dehlinger
Current participants: 22 scholars
Colleges attended: 7 in WI; 3 out of state
May Graduates: 2 scholars
Past Graduates: 5 scholars
Mentors: Nearly 30 Rotarians
Total scholarships awarded in 2015-16: $54,500
Total scholarships awarded to date: $232,700
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is entering its eighth year of scholarship support to Milwaukee’s high school graduates. To date, five RCM scholars have graduated from their respective schools and transitioned into the workforce. Two more scholars will “walk” this spring.
Each student receives financial support, but more importantly, they have benefits from mentorship and overall association with RCM. There are over 30 mentors currently supporting 24 student scholars, and the generosity of time and talent provided by these mentors has been acknowledged as immensely valuable by our scholars and their families.
This year we have received 126 scholarship applications – a record number of students seeking RCM support. Several Scholarship Committee members independently review applications, compare notes, discuss and eventually agree on approximately a dozen students who will participate in personal interviews. The ultimate goal is to identify 4-5 students who will benefit from the RCM scholarship and mentoring relationship. The time invested in this effort is immense and those participating truly put “service above self”.
The vast majority of scholarship funding comes through the RCM Scholarship Golf Classic --run by another dedicated group of Rotarians.
Please support our scholarship program by participating in the Scholarship Golf Classic on June 13th at the Wisconsin Club, donating an auction item or perhaps making a direct donation to support scholarship efforts. Investing in our youth always generates a profitable return.
Contact the Rotary Office to sign up for golf or dinner, to learn more about open sponsorship opportunities or to donate items to our auction
Special thanks to our 2016
Scholarship Golf Classic Sponsors!
Robert W. Baird Foundation
Corley Real Estate
New Resources Consulting
Jim and Victoria Miller
Skill Event Sponsors
North Shore Bank
Knight Barry Title, LLC
A.O. Smith Foundation
Intelligent Network Solutions
St. John's Communities