St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Educational Award applications are now being accepted from high school seniors attending St. Johnsbury Academy, Danville School, Concord School and Hazen Union School.

Each year, the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club awards educational awards to area high school seniors going on to post secondary education or pursuing technical/vocational training. This year, four awards will be granted in the amount of $1,000 each.

Applications have been sent to each school's guidance office. An application form can also be found at the club's website: stjohnsburyrotary.org. All applications need to reflect the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self." While scholastic achievement is important, the Rotary Club feels that community service should be the paramount criteria for the selection process. Therefore, all applicants must include:

â?¢ A student letter addressed to Rotary of not more than 500 words, typed and double spaced, indicating the student's immediate and long-term goals, including the student's high school career and/or future career plans with details outlining community service. The Objects of Rotary sheet should be considered when preparing remarks.

â?¢ Completion of the Award Application Statement of Need form.

â?¢ Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can specifically address the student's community service record.

All application packets must be received by May 10. Completed applications can be sent to: Eric Wilson, Rotary Scholarship, Edward Jones, 576 Railroad St., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis for worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; the dignifying by each Rotarian of his or her occupation as an opportunity to service to society; the application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his or her personal, business, and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.

Rotary Clubs throughout the world have one basic ideal, the "ideal of service" which is thoughtfulness and helpfulness to others.

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