Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s Service Above Self scholarship rewards students who excel in the classroom, are recognized by teachers as leaders and who volunteer to serve others through community service, church activities and more.
Applications are now being accepted for the Thursday Rotary Club for Hickory’s 2017 Service Above Self college scholarship for eligible students at Hickory High School. To qualify for the SAS scholarship, candidates must consistently demonstrate their service to others, be in the top 20 percent of their class and lead by example. During the candidate’s interviews, students will be evaluated on traditional scholarship standards: grades, overall grade point average and class rank. What sets the SAS scholarship apart from many others is that each honored student must demonstrate how they serve their community.
Use this link to download and complete the 2017 Service Above Self application: 2017 Service Above Self Scholarship Application. The deadline to submit completed applications is 4:00 PM Friday March 17, 2017.
Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory recognizes the value of a good education. Since 2005, thirty-three students have received Service Above Self scholarships, totaling over $215,000. SAS recipients have attended Appalachian State University, Davidson College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Furman University, Gardner Webb University, Lenoir Rhyne University, University of Alabama, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, and Catawba Valley Community College, among others.
The winner of the Service Above Self scholarship winner from Hickory High School’s class of 2017, will receive the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s financial aid toward his or her college tuition. Due to the continued financial success and popularity of the club’s annual fundraiser, Rotarian Idol, the SAS scholarship was increased in 2015 from $10,000 to $12,000. The increase allows the SAS scholarship recipient to receive $3,000 per year for college costs. The total scholarship is now $12,000, payable over four years.
Scholarship funding is made possible by the Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s successful fundraising activities, including the annual Rotarian Idol competition (7:00 PM on April 8, 2017 at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University). The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory’s ongoing commitment of financial support continues to provide necessary educational assistance locally, and is consistent with the club’s continued commitment to and financial support of local educational initiatives.
The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory was founded in 1921 by Watt Shuford. In adherence to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” the club has a history of giving back to the community through its primary service avenue of education. For more information about The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory, visit www.hickoryrotary.org.