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Liberty Rotary Club Presents Scholarships To Outstanding 2020 Liberty HS Graduates

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September 02, 2020
PO Box 493 *** Liberty, NY  12754
In Service Above Self - WGSD

Contact: Jaime Schmeiser –Public Relations Chairperson
Phone: 307-272-5848

Liberty Rotary Club Presents Scholarships To Outstanding 2020 Liberty HS Graduates

Liberty, NY: Awarding scholarships has always been a staple of the Liberty NY Rotary Club and this year is no exception. Throughout the years the club has received generous support of the community raising funds through the annual rose sales back in the day to special fundraising events such as the annual Dave Thomson SB&WT Fundraiser. Close to $200,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the club began awarding scholarships when the club was chartered in 1952. The club
is proud to announce the following scholarships that were awarded to five Liberty High School 2020 Graduates this past summer. (see attached photos)

Liberty Rotary Club Richard Fosler Memorial Scholarship
Christopher Bayer – Ithaca College - $500 Award
Liberty Rotary Club Community Service Scholarships
Nicole Blais – SUNY Binghamton - $500 Award sponsored by BFY Brands/Ideal Snacks
Leah Fitzgerald – College TBD - $500 Award sponsored Colonial Ramsey Funeral Homes
Ean Blank - Syracuse University - $500 Award sponsored by New Hope Community Foundation
Brianna Roth – Marywood University - $500 Award sponsored by Operation Endeavor
According to club president, Gary Siegel, the club has sponsored students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) annually, which is a five day conference of students from all 55 clubs in Rotary District 7210 spanning Sullivan, Orange, Rockland and Ulster Counties coming together to learn and develop leadership skills. Unfortunately, this year’s RYLA conference along with other programs the club has supported in the past had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Supporting education and our youth has always been an integral part of the Liberty Rotary”, says Siegel. “Every student that has attended RYLA has come back saying that ‘it was a life changing experience’. Those are the kinds of experiences we want to provide for the youth in our community”. It is the club’s hope that the RYLA Conference will resume in 2021 and that the other youth programs that club has supported in the past like the Interact Club, AYSO Soccer, Little League Baseball,
Peewee Football and more will be back in action too. In the meantime, the club continues to provide scholarships for our graduating seniors and look forward to seeing them grow as they go on to pursue
their dreams.

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