Rotary Club awards $18,000 in scholarships to six local students

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Rotary Club recently awarded a total of $18,000 in scholarships to six local high school students who will be attending college this fall.

The scholarships are funded by The Gateway Foundation, an affiliate of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

This year's recipients include Tanmatra C. Bhanti of Brattleboro, who will attend George Washington University; Nina Goodhue of Brattleboro, who will attend DePaul University; Christian Lugtu of Hinsdale, N.H., who will attend James Madison University; Emily L. Stockwell of Townshend, who will attend University of Vermont; Emily M. Thibault of Williamsville, who will attend Clark University, and Nicholas M. Yialiades of Hinsdale, N.H., who will attend Keene State College.

Each student received $3,000.

“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 more than $400,000 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.

Founded in 1950, the Brattleboro Rotary Club is an active community service club of 80 members. It engages in community and human service projects locally and internationally. The club has weekly meetings on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at The American Legion at 32 Linden St.

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings by contacting a Rotary member.

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