2009-04-02 / News

Island groups offer scholarships

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Program

Rotary District 7950 will offer one Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2010-2011 for a candidate considering either two years of degree-oriented study abroad or up to six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion abroad.

Among the eligibility requirements are U.S. citizenship and the completion of at least two years of college before the scholarship begins.

The two-year scholarship provides a flat grant of $12,500 per year while the cultural scholarship offers up to $17,000 for the sixmonth program.

Applications may be made through the Jamestown Rotary Club by Friday, June 5.

Endorsed applicants will be interviewed by a District Committee on Aug. 1.

The Ambassadorial scholarship program is one of several international programs of Rotary and its foundation. These include Youth Exchange; a student exchange program for high school juniors, Group Study Exchange; a 4-week educational-cultural exchange program for 25-to 40-year-old professional men and women, grants for university teachers and the Rotary World Peace Justice Scholarship.

Information and applications may be obtained on the Rotary website, www.rotary.org and applications may be filed by contacting Stephen Mecca, international chair of the Jamestown Rotary Club, at 423-3342 or by email at smecca@ providence.edu.

Leigha Carlisle Scholarship

High school seniors from Jamestown interested in applying for the Leigha Carlisle Scholarship award may pick up applications from the North Kingstown High School Guidance Office.

Leigha was an involved, energetic and talented Jamestown student who participated in dance, sports, theatre and was concerned about the environment.

This scholarship, established by her father, Clayton Carlisle, is open to any Jamestown senior pursuing further education upon graduating.

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter with the application.

The deadline for the application is Friday, May 1. Completed applications should be delivered to Lawn Avenue School in care of Beth Weibust.

Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation

The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is offering six $1,000 scholarships in four different categories to local high school students. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 24.

"The KDMF has created these particular scholarships as a way of honoring Katie's spirit and life and rewarding students who have worked hard, made good decisions and have been a positive influence in their communities," said Meg DeCubellis, Katie's mother.

Every year, the KDMF awards $10,000 in scholarships to deserving students throughout the state. The funds go to Rhode Island high school students who are pursuing an education in a technical program or in a two- or four-year college, and who meet specific requirements in each of four scholarship categories.

The "Make a Difference" Scholarship is awarded to students who best exemplify the ability to make a difference in their community through their involvement in a high school organization that specifically targets substance abuse prevention and awareness. The "Nobody's Glory … Everybody's Gain" Scholarship goes to "that" student who can always be counted upon to step up and get the job done. The Katie DeCubellis "Victim Relief" Scholarship is given to individuals who have been adversely affected by impaired drivers. The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation Scholarship, which is renewable for four years, is presented to a Narragansett resident that best exemplifi es Katie's qualities of friendship, community service and academic excellence.

"We are very pleased to offer fi- nancial assistance to Rhode Island students who wish to further their education beyond high school," said Lori Winter, chairwoman of the KDMF Scholarship Committee.

The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established in the memory of Katie DeCubellis, a thirteen-yearold Narragansett student killed by a drunk driver on October 29, 1999. The organization to continues Katie's legacy by promoting youth leadership, supporting educational opportunities, and promoting public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and drunk driving.

Applications can be found online at www.kdmf.org.

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