The Clewiston News

Top students receive scholarships from Rotary Club

The Clewiston Rotary Club awarded nearly two dozen high school seniors with scholarships for college.

Some of Clewiston High School’s top students were recognized at the Clewiston Rotary Club luncheon on Monday, May 11 as applicants for several academic scholarships.

Rotary member and Tiger football emcee Joe Whitehead introduced each student before scholarships were awarded. He highlighted the many academic, athletic and volunteer activities each student was involved with, including taking advanced placement or dual enrollment classes, being members of the National Honor Society, playing on the football, baseball, basketball, volleyball and golf teams, clocking hundreds of hours worth of community service, and involvement with the Future Farmers of America and Future Business Leaders of America.

Students managed to participate in many of the aforementioned activities while getting good grades and falling in the top 25 percent of their class or under.

Out of 27 students who applied for three scholarships given on behalf of Rotary members and their families, five students received scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 to be used towards tuition and other post-secondary expenses.

The Campbell and Frances Nall Scholarship Foundation has awarded scholarships to Clewiston High School students since 1986. This year, the foundation awarded two students scholarships of $6,00 each. This year’s recipients were the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2015, Alejandro Mendoza and Victoria Rice.

Mendoza, valedictorian, will attend the University of Central Florida this fall and plans to major in engineering.
Rice, salutatorian, will attend Emory University in Atlanta in the fall, and plans to major in biomedical engineering. The Larsen Foundation Scholarship also awarded two students with $6,000 scholarships each. This year’s recipients were Carolina Garcia and Ashley Matamoros. Both Garcia and Matamoros will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

The Weekley Asphalt Paving Family Scholarship awards one student with a one-time $2,500 scholarship. This year’s recipient was Gloria Carranzana.

For the first time, Weekley Asphalt and Paving also awarded each student who did not receive a scholarship with $250 to be used towards books upon registration. As the seniors accepted their scholarships and envisioned where their post-secondary plans might take them, Whitehead reminded them, “once a Tiger, always a Tiger.”