The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay announced this week that over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to area students. Fourteen Door County high school graduates were recognized across three different scholarships for their academic and personal achievements, along with volunteering. John Swanson, chair of the Technical Education Scholarship Fund, says the scholarships have made a big impact on students realizing their career dreams.
Griffin Slezewski of Southern Door High School was the 2021 recipient of the Rotary Rising to the Challenge Award. The award is given to an outstanding student who has overcome adversity in their personal or family lives.
The Rotary Service above Self Award was given to Isabella Dippel, Elena LeRoy, and Lauren Alger of Sturgeon Bay and to Gabrielle Renard and Hailey Shimon of Southern Door. The award was presented to students who wrote essays that detailed how their service to the community impacted both them and the ones they helped.
Eight Door County students were presented the Robert Muckian Technical Education Award that is presented to outstanding students pursuing a degree or certificate from a technical college. The 2021 recipients were Rylee Krishka, Paul Lautenbach, and Danielle Schleicher of Sevastopol, and William Koelpien, Dylan Buhr, Brooklyn Olson, Daniel Meier and Aiden Vandertie from Southern Door.
The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay is an organization of nearly 100 members that celebrated its 100th-anniversary last year.