Ithaca Rotary Club Junior Rotarian Scholarship


Scholarship Information

This scholarship is offered to graduating seniors of Ithaca High School who participated in the Ithaca Rotary Club's Junior Rotarian program and demonstrate outstanding commitment to service the community. 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior attending Ithaca High School that participated in Ithaca High School/Ithaca Rotary Club Junior Rotarian Program;
  • Must be a legal resident of Gratiot County;
  • Applicant must use scholarship in the pursuit of undergraduate education;
  • Must demonstrate high moral character and participate in service to the community;
  • Must submit a completed Gratiot County Community Foundation Scholarship Application;
  • Must submit a list of all Ithaca Rotary Club community service events for which he/she volunteered, and
  • Must submit an essay entitled, "The Importance of Community Service". This essay is to reflect the student's service involvement in the community and what community service means to them.  The essay is to include examples of the student's community service, be no longer than one page and not include the students name on the front of the essay, but on a separate cover sheet.
One scholarship available for as much as $700

Scholarship Recipients

Megan Ahearn
Ithaca High School

Emma Belles
Ithaca High School

Rachel Bakker
Ithaca High School

MacKelle Thompson
Ithaca High School

Samantha Vermeesch
Ithaca High School


Previous Recipients


Kennedy Carman
Danielle Mason

Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship


The Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship was established in November 2020 by the family of Sally Kaufmann to honor her decades of service to teaching and continue her legacy in foreign language and education.  Señora Kaufmann’s passion for teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture, along with her special gift for connecting with her students and colleagues, made her a beloved educator.

Sally Kaufmann was dedicated to helping students further their education, achieve their goals, and literally explore the world.  She was a loyal confidant to countless students with whom she shared her wisdom and listened to their dreams. It is her family’s hope that the Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship will assist Alma High School and other Gratiot County students pursue their passion in foreign language, travel, and international studies. 

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