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Gateway Foundation scholarships available for local students

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Rotary Club’s Gateway Foundation will offer college scholarships again this year to graduating students at Brattleboro Union, Leland & Gray, and Hinsdale, N.H., high schools.

The amount of assistance will be $2,000 to $3,000 per student. A combination of financial need, academic achievement, and community service will be used as the criteria for selecting the recipients.

The applications and financial assistance forms — available at each school’s guidance department and at the Brattleboro Rotary Club website ( — must be submitted by Friday, May 14 to John C. Mabie, in care of Windham Law, PLC, 45 Linden St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.

The awards will be presented during graduation festivities at each high school in June. The Rotary Club will invite every award recipient to a club meeting this summer to be recognized by its members.

The Gateway Foundation was established by the Brattleboro Rotary Club over 30 years ago to help enable deserving students to attend the college of their choice. It has awarded close to $500,000 over the years.

The money for the scholarships (which are different from the scholarships offered by the Sunrise Rotary Club) comes from annual Rotary fundraising projects, including Christmas tree sales and contributions.

Every application must include a Student Application, a Parent Contribution Questionnaire (PCQ), a 250-word essay entitled, “What I learned by doing community service this year,” and a current transcript of grades.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #608 (Wednesday, April 14, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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