Six outstanding students from the Okanogan and Omak schools have been awarded a Rotary Academic Scholarship to attend a college next year.
Six outstanding students from the Okanogan-Omak schools have been awarded a Rotary Academic Scholarship to attend a college next year. Nash-Mendez, Chairperson of the Rotary Baccalaureate Scholarship Committee said, “The Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club is pleased to award these scholarships to these academically talented and community-oriented local students. Once again, this year we had an impressive pool of applicants to choose from. We wish these students great success in their career pursuits. We have no doubt they will accomplish great things for themselves and for their community.”
Winners of the $10,000 in scholarship funds are Abbigail Popelier, Makayla Million and Kaedn Daling from Okanogan High School and Jennah Thomason, Centaya Mendoza and Emma Wilson from Omak High School. Abbigail plans to attend Arizona State University to study Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology; Makayla will attend Eastern Washington University to study Spanish; and Kaedn will attend Washington State University to pursue a teaching degree in Mathematics; Jennah will attend Central Washington University to pursue a degree in Psychology; Centaya will study Criminology and Criminal Justice at Whitworth College; and Emma will pursue a degree in Business at the Eastern Washington University.
The Okanogan-Omak Rotary has awarded academic scholarships to local high school seniors for over 30 years. In addition to the academic scholarships, the Okanogan-Omak Rotary also gives $10,000 in vocational scholarships and $10,000 for Wenatchee Valley College students who are returning to college as adults.
Scholarship money is raised during the annual Wine & Cheese Event and the Rotary Steak Nights. This year will be Rotary’s 22nd anniversary of their Wine & Cheese event which features a wine tasting, dinner and silent and live auctions. Rotary Steak Nights are typically held at the Rock Wall Winery each 3rd Wednesday of the month during the summer months – however, due to the Coronavirus, we have cancelled the 2020 Steak Nights.