18 students from area schools
HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club held their annual Scholarship Banquet last Monday night, May 9th, and awarded 18 scholarships totaling $32,000.
The venue of the Highlands Community Center was festive and full with scholarship recipients, family and friends, and Rotarians and their families.
The featured keynote speaker was Lee College president Dr. Lynda Villanueva, who spoke about how she developed a passion for learning, with the help of mentors and teachers that believed in her ability to “be more than I could be.” She counseled the scholarship recipients to find a mentor that believes in them and challenges them to succeed. And then give back in turn, leading others.
The scholarships are a result of the funds raised primarily at the club’s Annual Chili Feast in February. At this event, a new vehicle is raffled off to a $100 ticket holder, along with 13 other prizes, and the net proceeds are used for the scholarships and other community projects.