The Rotary Club of Framingham celebrates 100 years of service above self

FRAMINGHAM — Fifteen local high school students have become the latest to benefit from 100 years of generosity provided by the Rotary Club of Framingham.

Seniors from Framingham High School, Hopkinton High School, Ashland High School and Keefe Regional Technical School are heading off to college this fall with $4,000 scholarships, courtesy of Rotary.

“It was really exciting to be able to give out more scholarships because we all believe in education and the more students we can encourage the better off everyone is,” said Sushil Bhatia, a Framingham Rotary member who was responsible for evaluating scholarship applications. , during Monday’s scholarship luncheon at Keefe Tech’s East Side Room. “Education breaks down so many barriers and connects people.”

Teri Banerjee, left, Chair of the Rotary Club of Framingham Education Fund Committee, congratulates Keefe Tech student Priscilla Kunda, one of 15 recipients of a Rotary-sponsored $4,000 college scholarship , May 16, 2022. Recipients received the scholarships during a luncheon at the East Side Room Keefe Tech Restaurant.

In a typical year, 10 students from the area receive the Rotary scholarship. But this year it has been increased to 15, thanks in part to donations made in memory of longtime member and former president Stuart Arvedon, who died in March at the age of 93, according to Rotary secretary Teri Banerjee. .

Rotary, which serves Framingham, Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton, has now awarded nearly $1.5 million in college scholarships since 1968.

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