DEARBORN – Each year the Rotary Club of Dearborn, through the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to students attending schools in Dearborn.
In prior years, these awards, which honor distinguished Dearborn Rotarians, were presented separately at different club meetings.
This year, the club hosted a Dearborn Rotary Scholarship Celebration at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center to recognize all of the 2016 scholarship recipients, family members, and representatives of their respective schools.
Club President, Merritt Robertson, welcomed more than 150 people to the dinner event and introduced the scholarship chairs who made the award presentations, totaling almost $50,000 to 23 students in five scholarship categories.
Jim Thorpe, club past president, presented the Harry A. Sisson Memorial Scholarship to Edsel Ford High School senior, Ali Nasser, who will attend Harvard University.
The Sisson scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating student attending a public or private high school, or Early College program in Dearborn, and who best exemplifies the ideals and objectives of Rotary through leadership, ethical example, and service to the community.
Receiving the Hugh Archer Scholarship were seniors Danya Alkhawaji, Dearborn High School/Collegiate Academy, and James Bird, Divine Child High School. Past President Lee Hollmann, made the presentation which honors Archer, who served as past president of Dearborn Rotary and later served as president of Rotary International from 1989 to 1990.
Archer was founder and chairman of Spiratex Co. in Romulus. The Archer scholarship is presented each year to graduating seniors attending Dearborn schools who demonstrate ethical leadership in community service.
Hollmann also recognized Henry Ford College student Andrea Corrie, who received this year’s Dearborn Rotary Nursing Scholarship. Upon graduating with an associate’s degree in Nursing, Corrie plans to attend Eastern Michigan University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Sixteen students received Otto J. Rowen scholarships presented by club Past President Bob Gleichauf. The scholarships are made possible by the Otto J. Rowen trust fund, administered by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation.
Rowen, a Dearborn Rotarian, was a former Dearborn teacher and administrator at Woodworth School. Students receiving the Rowen scholarships are recommended by their vocational instructors as the best representatives of each vocational/career technical education program in Dearborn Public Schools.
The 2016 Otto J. Rowen recipients from the Michael Berry Career Center include Basma Abdula, Zeinab Alsharejy, Aya Beydoun, Hussein Beydoun, Nour Daoud, Aya Elmokadem, Asma Jahmi, Mha Kandil Elsayed and Raneem Nasralla. Also receiving awards are Ali Husein and Zeinab Nasser, Fordson High School; Robert Gladwell, Edsel Ford High School; and Jamal Mogalli, Dearborn High School. Henry Ford Early College recipients are Eman Eid, Eugen Ilisei and Angela Lazarte.
“Recognizing all of these outstanding students at one event helped us and others recognize how much we have to be proud of in our community,” said Robertson, who also thanked immediate Past President Rick Enright for championing and chairing the event committee.