At its May 9 meeting, the Jacksonville Rotary Club recognized the accomplishments of three high school seniors by providing them with college scholarships.
The awards were made as part of the second year of the Rotary Club’s scholarship program, which is designed to provide two $2,000.00 college scholarships to high school seniors. This year, the Rotary Club received a donation from the Jacksonville Ministerial Alliance, which enabled the Club to award an additional third scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00.
In order to receive the scholarships, the recipients must be well-rounded students who engage in community service and leadership positions. The scholarships are open to all students who live within the boundaries of Jacksonville School District 117, regardless of the school that they attend.
Molly McGiles of Jacksonville High School was selected for the first $2,000.00 scholarship. Ms. McGiles was selected due to her extensive community service resume, which includes fundraising for such organizations such as the New Directions Heating and Cooling Center and Pennies for Patients in addition to volunteering to teach science and American Sign Language lessons to younger students. Ms. McGiles is also the president of the JHS National Honor Society, part of the JHS R.E.F. program, and co-captain of the varsity tennis team. She will major in chemical engineering and would like to focus her career on development of more accurate forensic techniques.
Brandon Hill of Jacksonville High School was selected for the second $2,000.00 scholarship. Mr. Hill is the captain of the JHS track team in addition to volunteering his time with the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, including its Joplin Tornado Disaster Relief trip. Additionally, he is a part of the National English Honor Society and a past recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Award. Mr. Hill will major in journalism and has a career goal of writing for publications such as National Geographic.
Hannah Howard of Routt Catholic High School was selected for the $1,000.00 scholarship funded by the Ministerial Alliance. Ms. Howard is the captain of both her track and swimming teams at Routt in addition to volunteering at track, swimming, and goal ball meets at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired. She also volunteers at the Jacksonville Public Library and the Festival of Trees. Ms. Howard plans to major in either physics or engineering and intends to pursue a career in design and testing of commercial products.
“Ultimately, Rotary is an organization dedicated to making the world a better place,” said Jacksonville Rotary Club President Ryan Byers. “Our goal through our scholarship program is to find individuals in the next generation who will assist in making the world a better place and to provide them with support as they take the next step towards achieving their goals. Our recipients this year are three very fine examples of young leaders, and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”