Rockford Rotary awards scholarship to RHS student

Seven RHS seniors participated in Rockford Rotary Club’s STRIVE program.  During their senior year they have a Rotarian mentor that connects with them weekly.

Tuesday evening, May 14 at the evening Rockford Rotary club meeting, attended by all the STRIVE graduates, their families and mentors.

Tuesday evening, May 14 at the evening Rockford Rotary club meeting, attended by all the STRIVE graduates, their families and mentors.

“Since the program was started in September 2006, 100% of the STRIVE students that finished the mentorship program graduated. Another common result of being in the program is an increase in grade point average (GPA)” stated Rotarian, Kathryn VanCuren.   STRIVE gives the students to explore the possibilities after high school graduation through conversations and experiences with their mentor.

“Our mentor volunteers are the backbone of the STRIVE program.” according to Rotarian, Ramona Hinton.

In describing his experience as a mentor, Rotarian Al Meyers stated, “You wouldn’t expect a one hour/week conversation to make an impact on a life, but it does for both of us!”

Strive-studentThe program also involves community volunteering opportunities for the students and their mentors.  Each year a $1200 scholarship is awarded to the STRIVE student with the highest GPA.  The 2013 STRIVE Scholarship was awarded to Rockford High School senior, Ken Nash.

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