Oswego Rotarians will be turning spaghetti into scholarships on Election night Nov. 6 at Oswego High School cafeteria.
Besides spaghetti, they will be serving meatballs, tossed salad, rolls, dessert, and beverages, from 4 to 7 p.m. Customers may dine in the cafeteria or take meals home.
The Oswego Rotary Club annually awards scholarships to Oswego High School graduating seniors headed for college. Besides the spaghetti dinner, funds come from members’ dues, “fines,” and other projects.
The Oswego Rotary Club, founded 85 years ago, supported high school graduates from its early days with a loan program to help with college expenses. Sometime in the early 1960s, the loan program was dropped and the club began to award scholarships.
The value and number have increased over the years to the current level of four $1000 scholarships awarded annually. One, the Manjula Shah Scholarship, is provided by the generous support of the Tarandi Foundation.
The club has established an endowment fund to help underwrite the scholarship program in the future. Gifts and bequests will be held in perpetuity, with only the earnings used for awards.
The Oswego Rotary Club hosts the annual Top 100 Dinner to honor the accomplishments of the 25 top academic students in each of the four classes at Oswego High School.
The club, in cooperation with Rotary District 7150 covering central New York State, participates extensively in student international exchanges. It is hosting Aleksandra “Ola” Rozycka, from Lodz, Poland, during the current school year.
Tickets for the dinner may be obtained by calling 343-9692.