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Local students receive Rotary Club scholarships to PJC

Published or Revised June 06, 2017

2017 Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients

Students receiving scholarships from the Rotary Club of Paris United joined with several members of the club’s Scholarship Committee after a meeting at Paris Junior College on Tuesday, May 23. In front, from left, are Rotary Club Scholarship Committee Chair Vicki Ballard, Dakota Vanderburg, Kennedy Alton, Brandi Rulo, Shelbi May, Trenton Wheeler, Andi Willis, Jennifer Wirges, and Rotary Club member Kristen Bollman; back row from left: Rotary Club member Andy Cobb, Marloes Tillema, Dakota Payne, Kiara Davis, Ashtyn Anderson, Nicole Spencer, and Rotary Club member Lauren Spencer. Not pictured were scholarship recipients Bonnie Jackson, Jacob Roberts, Jessica Chollet, Agueda Chavez, and Bryan Tucker.

Seventeen students from area high schools were recently awarded $1000 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Paris United. The students will all attend Paris Junior College in the 2017-2018 academic year.

“The Rotary Club of Paris United has offered our most prestigious scholarship to these recipients, with the scholarship covering educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, room and board,” said Rotary’s Scholarship Committee Chairman Vicki Ballard. “This scholarship can be the springboard to obtaining a higher education and preparing the students for their chosen careers. I personally feel there is no better place to start your college career than right here at Paris Junior College.”

The scholarships are designed to cover expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board and are split between the fall and spring semesters. PJC Director of Student Life Kenneth Webb joined Ballard to address the students about their responsibilities while at PJC. They explained students are expected to demonstrate leadership and need to attend one Rotary meeting a semester; attend PJC Student Government Association meetings and assist with SGA activities, and maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

Joining Ballard were Rotary Scholarship Committee members Kristen Bollman, Andy Cobb, and Laura Spencer.

Rotary scholarship recipients are listed below, by school. Unless otherwise noted, they are from Paris.

Chisum High School: Kennedy Alton, Brandi Rulo, Marloes Tillema, Bryan Tucker, and Dakota Vanderburg.
North Lamar High School: Ashtyn Anderson, Agueda Chavez, Jessica Chollet, Jacob Roberts, Nicole Spencer, Trenton Wheeler, Andi Willis of Powderly, and Jennifer Wirges.
Paris High School: Kiara Davis, Bonnie Jackson, and Dakoata Payne.
Prairiland High School: Shelbi May

For more information, contact Paris Junior College at 903-785-7661.

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