Community support has paved the way for 46 Pearland ISD seniors to achieve their educational and career dreams.
A Pearland High School student accepts a Rotary scholarship.
Sponsored by the Pearland and 288 Corridor Rotary clubs, the annual Rotary Dare to Excel scholarship program awarded $34,500 in scholarships March 27 to Dawson and Pearland high school seniors.
Of these scholarships, the two local Rotary clubs provided $10,000 alone through their collective fundraising efforts. Local businesses, service organizations and private citizens funded additional scholarships.
Despite diverse backgrounds, scholarship recipients shared these traits: career and leadership potential, strong civic commitment, good character and plans to pursue higher education and workforce training opportunities after graduation.
The Rotary Dare to Excel luncheon also honored students who will enter the military after they graduate, presenting them with Texas flags (provided by Sen. Mike Jackson) that were flown over the capitol.
In addition, the luncheon recognized educators who have made a lasting impact on students. Nominated by scholarship applicants, the "Above and Beyond" Teacher Award winners included PHS teachers Rusty Bucy, Celia Clay and Scott Crossno and DHS teachers Anthony Ford, Diana Gano and George McKendree.
Luncheon keynote speaker Melanie Lawson, ABC Channel 13 anchor, encouraged students to set their own course for success, prepare to be their best and help the next person climb the ladder.