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Rotary Club awards $16,500 in scholarships to six local students

For more information about the Brattleboro Rotary Club and its Gateway Foundation, contact Gateway President Marty Cohn at 802-221-4821, Scholarship Committee Chair John C. Mabie at 802-257-5292, ext. 2, or visit

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Rotary Club recently awarded a total of $16,500 in scholarships to six local high school students who will attend college this fall. The Gateway Foundation, an affiliate of the Brattleboro Rotary Club, funds the scholarships.

This year’s recipients include Ryan B. Boggio of Hinsdale, N.H., who will attend Fairfield University; Carter M. Falk of Brattleboro, who will attend Norwich University; Rachael E. Girroir of Hinsdale, who will attend the University of New Hampshire; Alexander M. Province of Brattleboro, who will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Rachel M. Sorrell of Newfane, who will attend the University of New Haven; and Kassidy A. Wyman of Grafton, who will attend Southern Vermont College. Each student received $2,750.

“We are happy to be able to offer these scholarships each year, and hope the assistance will help lead each student a step closer to his or her goals,” said Scholarship Committee Chair John C. Mabie in a news release.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club established The Gateway Foundation in 1986 to create a fund to support scholarships awarded annually to local students pursuing college. The Foundation, which is a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization, has awarded close to $500,000 in scholarships to area students. It is funded by Rotary Club and individual contributions

Applications are accepted each spring from graduating seniors at Brattleboro Union, Hinsdale, and Leland & Gray High Schools. Criteria for the awards are academic achievement, financial need, and community service, all of which are weighed evenly.

Earlier in the year, Community College of Vermont student Melissa Buffum received the $2,500 Jesse M. Corum IV Scholarship from the Brattleboro Rotary Club Gateway Foundation. Buffum is the fourth recipient of the scholarship created to help students complete their medical assisting degree.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #474 (Wednesday, August 29, 2018).

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