Rotary Club awards scholarships to eight Lehigh Valley students
The Allentown-West Rotary awarded $1,000 scholarships to several area students during a ceremony May 20 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
Students receiving the scholarships included Joanna Suriel and Victoria "Tori" Dikeman from LCCC, Samantha Diaz and Kaitlyn Montgomery from Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Kristen Post and Jaedon Muhl from Northwestern Lehigh High School and Kristen Tauber and Bryan Sobczak from Parkland High School.
In addition to the scholarship, each received a Kindle Fire HD 7 from Cal Sasaran, Amazon facility general manager.
She explained the students applied for the scholarships by completing an application.
"Financial need, service, leadership, integrity and academic performance formed the basis of the selection process," Pierson said. "The Rotary selection committee met and reviewed the 52 applications."
"While there were many deserving applicants, we believe these eight students' best met the criteria."
Diaz, who is in numerous clubs and activities including Scholastic Scrimmage, National Honor Society, debate team, and drama at Catasauqua High School, will attend University of Pittsburgh.
Montgomery, a student at LCTI and Catasauqua High School, is actively involved in many clubs and is the editor for the yearbook and newspaper.
She plans to attend Moravian College.
"She believes integrity and doing the right thing is a choice we make each day," Pierson stated.
Hope Pierson of New Tripoli Bank and a member of the Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee was the emcee for the ceremony.