The Woodsville, N.H./Wells River, Vt. Rotary Club is seeking applicants for educational awards. Each year, the club awards four $1,000 awards to one student from each of the following schools: Blue Mountain Union School, Oxbow High School, River Bend Career & Technical Center and the Woodsville High School. Home-schooled students from the enrollment area of any of these schools are also eligible.

To be eligible for the Rotary Educational Awards, students must be in the top one-third of their senior high school class, have a record of being active in community service and show financial need.

Students should see their guidance counselor for an application, or applications can downloaded from the club's web site, www.WellsRiverRotary.org. The deadline for applications for River Bend is May 18; for the other schools the deadline is May 25. Students should return their application, with transcript and letters of recommendation to their school's guidance counselor.

The Woodsville/Wells River Rotary Club has presented over $88,000 in awards for local students to continue their education since 2000. In addition to supporting graduating students, the club supports education in our local schools by donating personalized dictionaries to third-grade students, advising the HCMS Haverhill Extended Learning Program, sending students to RYLA, a leadership workshop and donating to a variety of class and individual students' projects and trips.

In addition to the Woodsville/Wells River Rotary Club's annual educational awards, the club supports community projects locally and around the world. The club has recently donated to supply villages in Ghana with sustainable fresh water, helped send medical and school supplies to Zimbabwe and several smaller local projects. The Rotary Club also supports Rotary International, best known for their campaign for the global eradication of polio and supports the Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarship Fund, which is the world's largest privately funded scholarship program.

The Rotary Club is always open to new members. Membership is open to community leaders of all faiths, opinions and nationalities who are willing to encourage and foster the ideal of service in their personal, business and community life. The Woodsville/Wells River Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River. Anyone who would like to know more about our club or Rotary International is welcome, or can visit our web site at www.WellsRiverRotary.org.

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