Marysville Rotary Education Foundation hands out $46,000 in scholarships

TULALIP — More than $46,000 in scholarships were awarded to nearly 40 Marysville students by the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation May 19.

The Marysville Arts and Technology High School hosted the annual ceremony, which was up from the nearly 30 students who received scholarships last year, according to Marysville Rotary Education Foundation President Gary Baker.

Baker praised the students for demonstrating hard work, perseverance and good character, before also honoring the parents, families and educators of the students for their roles in helping the students succeed. He rounded out his words of thanks with recognition of Marysville Rotarians and community members who have donated time, money or both to support the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation.

Baker noted that the night’s scholarships are among the many ways that Marysville Rotarians support local education, including $12,000 in grants to teachers this year, roughly $30,000 a year to local school libraries, and dictionaries to every third-grade student in Marysville for four years running. He added that Marysville Rotarians have also built schools for villagers in Guatemala.

Different amounts of scholarships were awarded to individual students, based on financial need and other factors.

“No student should feel less worthy, less thanked or less recognized based on the amount of scholarship they receive,” Baker said. “We celebrate you all equally.”

Those students who received $500 each included Mikayla LaRosa, Brandon Caldwell, Sarah Clark, Danny Stokes, Shelby Hintze and Lois Haight.

Those students who received $1,000 each included Zachary Pontrantolfi, Shane Price, Zachary Hanson, Danielle Hansen, Alayna Fordon, Chelsea Grimm, Jenna Lebedev, Jake Hereth, Erin Dierickx, Kimberly Herbert, Aida Cardona, Zach Russell, Sasha Thompson, Anna Achacoso, Tiffany Barker, Alisha Oden, Riley Taitingfong, Anastasia Ashley, Jasmine Hulse and Cassandra Lee. Hanson received the Monty Parrott Award, while Herbert received the Career and Technical Education Award. Ashley received the Quast Golf Award.

The $2,000 scholarship recipients included Garrett Davis, Tejinder Randhawa, Caitlin North, Ginny Lee, Brittany Torrence and Blake Lobaugh.

Rebecca Donaldson and Tess Raley received $2,500 each, while Kody Duran and Maribel Montes both received $3,000 each. Duran received the Career and Technical Education Award.

“Students should take every advantage they can, starting from freshman year,” said Donaldson, who’s heading to Western Washington University to major in international business and minor in Spanish.

“Make as many observations as you can,” said Raley, who plans to major in anthropology and global studies at Pacific Lutheran University. “Take those opportunities. It’s the only way to get what you need.”

“You need to follow before you can lead,” said Duran, a prospective civil engineering and U.S. history major at Washington State University. “We’re moving on to better things.”

Montes, who looks forward to studying business marketing and administration at Western, said, “This is just the beginning, for all of us.”

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