Oswego Rotary awards scholarships

Rotary award and scholarship winners, from left, Jonathan Parker, Emily King, Sarah Hoefer, Tory Welsch and Hannah Fitzgerald.
Rotary award and scholarship winners, from left, Jonathan Parker, Emily King, Sarah Hoefer, Tory Welsch and Hannah Fitzgerald.

The Oswego Rotary Club recently honored five graduating seniors of the Oswego City School District with scholarships and an Occupational Education Award.

Club President Susan Witmer presented framed certificates to the $1,000 scholarship recipients and a check to the award recipient. 

The scholarships will be paid to the students after the successful completion of their first and third semesters of college. 

The Occupational Education Award is given to affirm Rotary’s appreciation of the dignity of all useful work and respect for all productive occupations. 

Jonathan Parker, son of Joseph and Christine Parker, is this year’s recipient of the $500 award. Parker, who will soon complete the Oswego County BOCES program in Motorsports Fabrication, has earned OSHA Certification in General Industry and induction into the National Technical Honor Society. 

He is on the waiting list for the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School and plans to work in a machine shop while awaiting admission. Parker has been a leader in school and community activities and has been cited for his self-motivation, responsibility, work ethic, enthusiasm, and leadership.

The Charles E. Riley Oswego Rotary Scholarship remembers the founding president (1927–1930) of the Oswego Rotary Club and former superintendent of the Oswego school district. It was presented to Tory Welsch, daughter of David and Dianne Welsch. 

Welsch’s school participation has included Environmental Club, marching band and other musical groups, and Oswego County Academic Youth League. She earned awards in chemistry, Spanish, and geometry as well as scholar athlete, academic excellence, and inclusion in the Highest Honor Roll. 

Her community activities include Leadership Oswego County Youth, Harborfest, Oswego Figure Skating, Oswego County Youth Bureau, Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church, and employment at Fajita Grill. Welsch plans to attend SUNY Geneseo to major in chemistry.

Sarah Hoefer, daughter of William and Melissa Hoefer, receives the Ralph & Dorothy Faust Oswego Rotary Scholarship. Faust served as president of the Oswego Rotary Club in 1934–1935 and was formerly principal of Oswego High School. 

Hoefer participated in soccer, Freshman orientation, and the National Honor Society. She is employed at St. Luke Nursing Home and has volunteered at the Danse Macabre Frisbee Tournament at Rochester Institute of Technology, Little Tykes soccer camp, winter and summer travel soccer, and tutored at Kingsford Park Elementary School. 

Hoefer has been recognized with achievement awards in bioethics, health, and French as well as the highest honor roll, Scholar Athlete Award and first team all-league for varsity soccer. Hoefer plans to attend SUNY Brockport to major in psychology.

The Manjula R. Shah Oswego Rotary Scholarship is given to Hannah Fitzgerald, daughter of Jill Fitzgerald, in memory of Dr. Shah, a physician, philanthropist, and dedicated Rotarian. The scholarship is provided with support from the Tarandi Foundation. 

Fitzgerald’s community activities have included coaching lacrosse, Dancing with the Community Stars. volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, and handing out Red Cross supplies in New York City after Hurricane Sandy. 

Her school participation has included serving as class secretary, Leadership Oswego County Youth, student council, Interact Club, and playing varsity lacrosse and soccer. She played in the orchestra all four years of high school and worked on the yearbook. Fitzgerald plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania at Edinboro to major in psychology.

The Anthony J. Murabito Oswego Rotary Scholarship, is given in memory of the former principal of Oswego High School, an active member of the Oswego Rotary Club for more than 51 years, and a leader and advocate for the Rotary scholarship program. 

The award is given to Emily King, daughter of Howard and Sandy King. King plans to attend the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she will study music business and trumpet performance. 

She was selected for the U.S. Army All American Marching Band as well as all county and all state bands and orchestras. She was a member of her high school band, marching band, and jazz band, winning several regional and state awards. 

Having specialized in trumpet, she has played Taps at various memorial and civic events and ceremonies. King also played in the Syracuse Youth Orchestra for one year and the Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps for three years.

The Oswego Rotary Club, founded 87 years ago, raises money for scholarships through members’ dues and contributions, occasional memorial gifts, and fundraising projects. 

Members of the Scholarship Committee this year are David Granoff, Mack Richardson, Randy Zeigler and Vernon Tryon.

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