Club awards $9,000 in scholarships

Rotary assists eight high-school graduates

Posted 5/29/18

The Rotary Club of Parker awarded eight scholarships worth a total of $9,000 to recent high school graduates May 24 at Parker Adventist Hospital. Seven $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 scholarship …

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Club awards $9,000 in scholarships

Rotary assists eight high-school graduates

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The Rotary Club of Parker awarded eight scholarships worth a total of $9,000 to recent high school graduates May 24 at Parker Adventist Hospital.

Seven $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 scholarship were given to winners of an essay contest put on by the club. Students were given the option to submit a written essay or a video for consideration.

The prompt for the $3,000 scholarship award asked students how they would handle a certain situation using the club’s Four-Way Test — four questions to serve as an ethical guideline based on truth, fairness, promotion of goodwill and overall benefit.

This year the club allowed students who were not considering attending a traditional college after high school the opportunity to win a scholarship. The change opened the door for students who were planning to attend a trade or vocational school.

“With the Four-Way Test scholarship, there’s no talk of a GPA or even what you did for extracurriculars,” said Peggy Carter, facilitator of the Four-Way Test scholarship award. “If you have a kid who is an awesome kid — wants to be mechanic or something — this is a scholarship that’s going to available to him.”

Jack Dewolf, a graduated senior from Chaparral High School, won this year’s Four-Way Test scholarship with his video suggesting how to eradicate homelessness in the community.

“I was ecstatic,” Dewolf said, “especially since this was a scholarship that was pretty meaningful to me.” Dewolf’s grandparents are part of their community’s Rotary Club and has a special place in Dewolf’s heart.

Dewolf was honored as the Rotary Club of Parker’s Chapparral student of the month in February and owns and operates his own snowboard apparel company, which he started when he was 10. He plans to study social entrepreneurship at Colorado State University in the fall.

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