Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rotary Club of Des Moines scholarships

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist and author of the bestseller, Coming of Age in Samoa

I'M A LONG-TIME member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines. In addition to all the other service my club contributes locally, nationally and internationally, every year we award six $8,000 scholarships, one each to a student chosen from each of Des Moines' six high schools. It's been my pleasure to serve on the selection committee for East High for five years. 

East's able school counselors narrow the pool of applicants to four, and my co-evaluators, Mark Lyons and Rob Tucker, and I never fail to be impressed with the calibre of the candidates, not just in academic achievement alone — often while holding down more than part-time jobs, and participating in athletics, music, drama, debate and other specific interest groups — but also their commitment to giving back to the community through volunteer work.

Every year it's an extremely difficult choice, and each time we want to award scholarships to them all. This year was no exception. One applicant's goal is to be a geneticist, and even before reaching graduation, she has interned in a genetics lab at Iowa State University. Two aspire to work in healthcare, one with her eye on becoming a nurse, the other a pediatrician. The fourth dreams of a business career in filmmaking.

But choose we must, and this year our winner was Robbi Boggess. Robbi will be attending the University of Iowa in pre-med with a goal of specializing in pediatric medicine.

The other scholarship winners were Jared Baker from Hoover, Giovanni Tenikat from Lincoln, Kaine Burch from North, Hope Stone from Roosevelt and Michaela Pratt from Scavo. Congratulations to them all!

Mark Lyons, Robbi Boggess, Rob Tucker and me
I attended East High's Awards Night to present Robbi her scholarship
Of course I wore East's school colors

1 comment:

  1. Kelly, I don't know how you do all the fantastic things you do. Your community is better because of the work you do and who knows how many are inspired to give some time to others. Congratulations to Robbi! She too inspires and will make the world a better place! Thank you for this positive, uplifting story.