At a recent Rotary Club of Joliet luncheon meeting, six high school seniors were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each for their academic achievements and community service.  The Joliet Club offered $6,000 in scholarships to seniors graduating in 2011 from Joliet Township High School Central Campus, Joliet Township High School West Campus and Joliet Catholic Academy.

Recipients include Erin Cronan and Courtney Purciarello (Joliet West); Kyle Doran and Griselda Guzman (Joliet Central); and Marc Drake and Monica Koncar (Joliet Catholic).

During the meeting, Rotarians honored the scholarship recipients and provided lunch to them and their guests at Joliet’s Renaissance Center.

“We had a large group of great applicants ‐ and although the decision was difficult, we believe this particular group of six is especially dynamic when it comes to their involvement in school and the community,” said Jane Hopkins, chair of the Joliet Rotary Scholarship Committee. Other committee members included Judge Jeff Allen, Mark Griglione, Howard Hamilton, Dan Kuska and Tom Mahalik.

The $6,000 in scholarships by Joliet Rotary is the result of funds collected during the Club’s yearly raffle. Members also contribute to the community in a variety of ways throughout the year including donations for capital projects at social service agencies, holiday giving ‐ and the annual 4‐Way Test grade school project where dictionaries are given to every 4th grade student in Joliet. They also work on special projects at an international level.

“We are proud of the generosity of those within the Joliet Rotary, as well as all Rotarians,” said Mike Murray, president. “It is good to know we can make a real difference in the lives of others.”  Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The organization’s main objective is Service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.