Aug 02, 2018 10:46AM
Pictured are Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill Scholarship recipients Meagan Nachand, Jacob Benabou and Nancy Griswell. Photo by Susan Wood Photography.
Rotary Honors Amazing Kids of Pleasant Hill
At a meeting in June, the Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill honored four amazing Pleasant Hill youths, including three scholarship recipients and an exchange student for 2016-17.
Rotary started their high school scholarship program several years ago with one $500 scholarship to a deserving senior out of 15 applicants. Because of the impressive talent of the applicants, the club decided to up their program. This year they awarded $2,000 scholarships to three out of 45 applicants.
Meagan Nachand received the General Rotary Scholarship for her participation in Interact Club, StarQuest, and high school counseling. She will study biology at Sacramento State and plans to be a hearing doctor. The Will Fulton Interact Memorial Scholarship went to Jacob Benabou, who will be studying statistics and sports management at the University of Arizona. The Jim Nunes Performing Arts Scholarship was given to Nancy Griswell. She is a pre-professional ballerina, plays several instruments, and will attend UC Irvine to study ballet, with a double major in biology.
Also present at the meeting was John Picton, the club’s 2016-17 outbound exchange student. John enthusiastically recounted his amazing experience in Sweden during his sophomore year. He had many exciting activities but says his favorite part was the people he met; he now has friends from all over the world. He said he used to want to be a lawyer but now may go into international relations.
These are some examples of how Pleasant Hill Rotary supports kids in our community. Junior high scholarships, sport teams sponsorships, Boy and Girl Scout sponsorships, and grants to schools are a few more. “Supporting youth activities is one of the most rewarding aspects of our club,” said new Club President Bob Lamson.
If you would like to learn more about Pleasant Hill Rotary, contact a club officer at (925) 405-5420 or email [email protected] You can also join them at lunch meetings on Thursdays, 12:15-1:00pm, at the PH Community Center.
(Photo by Susan Wood Photography)