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CANTON, GA (May 15, 2024) The Rotary Club of Canton awarded scholarships to six upcoming Cherokee County graduates during its meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The Heart for Service Scholarships, part of the club’s Empowering Young Leaders Initiative, were presented at Canton City Hall with the student honorees and their families, teachers, and principals in attendance.

The Rotary Club of Canton launched its “Heart for Service” campaign in July 2023, with a focus on growing its community service efforts in accordance with its motto of “Service Above Self.” Each month the club dedicates one of its weekly meetings to a special hands-on service project benefiting local organizations in need, including The Children’s Haven, MUST Ministries, Encompass Ministries, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Foundation, the Homeless Coalition of Cherokee County, and the Cherokee Family Violence Center.

The scholarships were awarded to students who embody “Service Above Self” through community service and extracurricular involvement. Each student received a $1,000 check for their post-secondary education, a certificate of recognition, and a Rotary “Create Hope in the World” pin as a token of appreciation for their contributions to the community. The scholarship recipients are:

Eylianis Gomez-Culbert, Cherokee High School

Eylianis is a student at Cherokee High School and a member of the Interact Club of CHS. She plans to start college in August 2024 and will pursue a degree in Finance with a Minor in French at the University of North Georgia.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Francisco Lozano, JoEllen Wilson, Eylianis Gomez-Culbert, Angela Cortellino, Lori Flink, and Britt Parramore.

Jocelyn Alexandra Leal, Cherokee High School

Jocelyn is a student at Cherokee High School and a member of the Interact Club of CHS. She plans to start college in August 2024 and will pursue a degree in Immigration Law and Public Relations at the University of North Georgia or Georgia College & State University.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Francisco Lozano, Whitney Spear, Jocelyn Alexandra Leal, David Urffer, Jennifer Puckett, and Doug Fountain.

Karielys “Karie” Rivera Alvarez, Cherokee High School

Karie is a student at Cherokee High School and a member of the Interact Club of CHS. She plans to start college in August 2024 and will pursue a Business Degree at Kennesaw State University.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Francisco Lozano, Billy Peppers, Karielys “Karie” Rivera Alvarez, Terry Gill, Marty Ferrell, and Donald Thornton.

Liliana Marie Quintero, Cherokee High School

Liliana is a student at Cherokee High School and a member of the Interact Club of CHS. She plans to start college in August 2024 and will pursue studies in Biology (Pre-Med) at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Francisco Lozano, Norman Bushee, Liliana Marie Quintero, Kathy Homschek, and Buster Cushing.

John “JT” Marshall Ivers, III, Creekview High School

JT is a student at Creekview High School. He plans to start college in August 2024 and will pursue a degree in Psychology at Georgia College & State University.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Francisco Lozano, Peter Gleichman, John “JT” Marshall Ivers, III, Lynn Epps, and Susan Padgett-Harrison.

Julian Douglas Noaker, Sequoyah High School

Julian is a student at Sequoyah High School and a member of the Sequoyah Robotics Interact Club. He is going to start college in September 2024 and will pursue a Doctorate Degree in Astrophysics at the University of Michigan.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Jocelyn Alexandra Leal, Eylianis Gomez-Culbert, Karielys “Karie” Rivera Alvarez, Liliana Marie Quintero, and John “JT” Marshall Ivers, III (Not pictured: Julian Noaker)

Rotarian Whitney Spear remarks, “Presenting scholarships to deserving students not only resonates with Rotary’s motivation to create hope in the world, but also aligns with my personal conviction to serve and uplift our community. I am incredibly proud of every scholarship recipient, and I wish them the best as they transition into college.”

The club also presented Weston Moore with a Certificate of Recognition for representing its community-based Interact Club of Cherokee County at the Rotary District 6910 Interact Conference in March. Weston is a homeschooled student and is part of the Classical Conversations program in Woodstock.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships (Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes)

PICTURED (L-R): Weston Moore and Francisco Lozano

“Supporting youth is one of the main inspirations of Canton Rotarians,” says Rotary Club of Canton President Francisco Lozano. “We are very proud and thankful for our young leaders who devote their ‘hearts for service’ to make our community happier and better. We are honored and blessed by the opportunity to contribute towards their education, recognize them, and show appreciation for their community work. The kindness, generosity, and compassion of these young servant leaders make our present joyful. The hope they are creating makes the future of our community and the world brighter.”

About Rotary Club of Canton

Established in 1937, the Rotary Club of Canton has been actively involved in community service for eighty-seven years. Going strong with over eighty members, the club exemplifies the Rotary International mission to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” Most recently, the Rotary Club of Canton was recognized as Large Club of the Year at the 2024 Rotary District 6910 Conference. Learn more at therotaryclubofcantonga.org.

Rotary Club of Canton Heart for Service Scholarships

Rotary Club of Canton | May 14, 2024 | Canton City Hall | Canton, Georgia

 

 

 

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