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Marysville Rotary hands out scholarships


Christopher Andersson

he local students who were awarded scholarships during the Marysville Rotary Club's Scholarship Award Ceremony on May 23.

The Marysville Noon Rotary gave away $136,500 worth of scholarships to about 60 local graduating seniors on May 23.

During the Rotary's Scholarship Award Ceremony students received scholarship ranging form $500 to $12,000 that they can use anytime in the next three years for their schooling.

This year was the most the club has ever given away in one year.

Kelly Peterson, a Rotary Club member and current president of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation, said the scholarships are a good way to invest in the future and support local kids.

"We just have a commitment to the youth," said Peterson.

The foundation invests funds and gathers donations to help provide the scholarships.

"One of the avenues of service we have is through education and literacy," said Peterson. "We established the Education Foundation as a way to help facilitate that."

"We have a fund that is invested. There's a formula that we use for how much of that we give away," said Peterson.

The Marysville Noon Rotary Club's auction and other fundraisers help maintain the foundation's funds.

"We end up raising about $60,000 a year, that's our goal anyway," said Peterson.

"There are also individual donors who contribute," he said.

Students from the Marysville School District, Lakewood School District and Granite Falls School District received scholarships at the event.

The Granite Falls students are a recent addition to the program because of one particular donor.

"One of the functions of the foundation is to work with donors who give larger donations and want those dollars targeted," said Rotary Club member Stephen Muller.

"We worked with one donor to set up an area in the foundation to support Granite Falls," he said.

Rotarian family members are not eligible for the scholarships.

Rotary Club member Greg Kanehan said he joined the Rotary because his kids received scholarships.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Amiya Alcocer, right, receives a $12,000 scholarship from president of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation Kelly Peterson during the Marysville Rotary Club's Scholarship Award Ceremony on May 23.

"I was a proud parent several years ago as my three kids, at different times, were recipients of the Rotary award. And, because of the value the Rotary provides I made a decision to commit myself to becoming a Rotarian," he said.

Peterson said he enjoys putting on the scholarship ceremony because of how happy it makes local families.

"I like to see the reactions of the people. The mothers and their faces. Sometimes the shocks, sometimes the tears," he said.

You also get to meet students who are building the future, he said.

"It's a privilege and an honor to be a part of it and a part of the rising generation," said Peterson.

"We have to have that kind of investment so that the future is in good hands," he said.

More information about the Marysville Noon Rotary club and their scholarships is available at


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