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Rotary awards six scholarships

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRESHAM ROTARY - Scholarship winners include: (from left to right):Tony Nguyen, Centennial; Nina Hanset, Barlow; Delaney Parmenter, Gresham; Jasmine Kleiboeker, Gresham and Tony Nelson, Centennial.The Gresham Rotary awarded scholarships to six local students to pay for their expenses to attend Mt. Hood Community College.

Four students received $3,000 each to be used over two years at MHCC and two students received $4,000 from the special Radak Scholarship.

The scholarship winners aim for a variety of careers. Nina Hanset, Barlow High School, plans to pursue a career as a nurse. Tony Nelson, Centennial High School, is interested in graphic design and potentially a career in engineering.

Delaney Parmenter, Gresham High School, will study for a career as a physical therapist. Luci Rodriguez, Sandy High School, plans to be a bilingual kindergarten teacher.

The Radak scholars receiving the $4,000 awards are Tony Nguyen from Centennial, and Jasmine Kleiboeker from Gresham. Nguyen will study biology and prepare for a career in dental hygiene and Kleiboeker also plans to become a dental hygienist.

Gresham Rotary looks for students who have potential, who are overcoming obstacles and who have done service in their community. All these students exemplify the values that Rotarians espouse in their everyday lives. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”

The students submit their applications and are then interviewed by members of Gresham Rotary. Dr. Curtis Bedont is the chair of the Rotary Scholarship committee.

Rotary raises money each year through their fundraising events for the scholarships. The Radak Family left a bequest to The Gresham Rotary Foundation. Money from the endowed scholarship is used each year to award scholarships for students pursuing vocational programs at Mt. Hood Community College.