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  • Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary awards scholarships for 2024-25 school year

    Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary awards scholarships for 2024-25 school year

    13 outstanding central Florida residents recognized for education and service achievements
     

     
    Nine of the 14 recipients of the Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary scholarships pose for a photograph during a luncheon on May 23 at the Country Club of Mount Dora. From left: Richard Guckenberger, club president; scholarship awardees Reyna Green, Bryan Schutte, Shepard Smith, Sierra Funderburk, Aeyden Bedard, Trinity Mathie, Alex Mancilla, Paris Chambliss and Hunter Taylor; Janet Westlake, youth services chair.  Photo credit: Vickie Mackler Stockglausner.

    Mount Dora, Florida (FL)
    – The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle awarded a total of $26,000 in scholarships to 13 central Florida residents who are pursuing higher education degrees in the 2024-25 academic year.
     
    Morris W. Dunbar established a Nursing Scholarship in honor of his wife. The recipient is Reyna Green, a Mount Dora High School graduate, studying at the University of South Florida.
     
    The Richard Earhart Endowment provides a scholarship to students with Mount Dora as their hometown. The recipient is Kari Martinez, a MDHS graduate attending Advent Health University. 
     
    The Norma Jean Schloot Endowment funds a scholarship for students in education and agriculture. It is awarded to Hunter Taylor, a Eustis High School graduate studying at the University of Florida.
     
    The Bill Bland Rotary Scholarship Fund helps students in finance and business, law enforcement, agriculture and technical training. College students receiving scholarships are Alysia Fritzke who attends the University of Central Florida and Shelby Mulholland at UF. 
     
    The eight graduating seniors also receiving Bland scholarships are: EHS graduates Reagan Baker attending Auburn University, Aeyden Bedard at Florida State University and Sierra Funderburk at UCF; MDHS graduates Alex Mancilla at Lake Technical College, Trinity Mathie at UCF and Marissa Williams at LTC;  Mount Dora Christian Academy graduate Bryan Schutte at the Florida Institute of Technology; and Hampton Dubose Academy graduate Shepard Smith at Brigham Young University. 
     
    The club funded scholarship went to Paris Chambliss, a computer animation major at Ringling College of Art and Design. 
     
    “Rotary enjoys supporting our local students. Not only are they future leaders, but they are also making significant contributions in their schools and in our local community,” said Janet Porfilio Westlake, chair of the organization’s Youth Services Committee. “Observing their passion gives us hope.”
     
    The awards are based on criteria including scholastic ability, responsibility toward education and financial need with a special emphasis on community service.
     
    The Golden Triangle Rotary meets on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at the Country Club of Mount Dora in Mount Dora. Find out more at www.lakecountyrotary.com.
      
    About The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle
    The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle is a non-profit organization that is one of the more than 34,000 Rotary International clubs around the world. Encompassing Eustis, Tavares and Mount Dora, the club is celebrating the 100th year of its charter in 2023. The Golden Triangle’s fundraising efforts provide scholarships to local students pursuing higher education as well as support charitable organizations throughout Lake County. The club engages in a wide range of community service projects, such as food drives, annual holiday party for children in need, and Adopt-A-Highway. The Golden Triangle meets on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at the Country Club of Mount Dora in Mount Dora. Find out more at www.lakecountyrotary.com.
     
    About Rotary International
    Rotary International is a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process. Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. The Presidential Thame for 20023/2024 is “Create Hope in the World.” Find out more at  www.rotary.org.