The Scholarships and Awards Program of the Rotary Club of Peekskill has as its primary objectives recognizing the achievements of students graduating from Hendrick Hudson, Peekskill and Walter Panas High Schools; and encouraging higher education for young people in the Peekskill and Cortlandt area. The club’s scholarships and awards support study in a wide range of post-high school study in 4-year, 2-year and vocational programs. Distinctive to the Rotary program is the focus on service to community, school and family among criteria for selection, in addition to academic achievement. This criterion is founded on Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.

Applications may be accessed, completed and submitted electronically. Links to each scholarship's Google Doc can be found on each scholarship's web page.  Or print-out versions of the applications also are available on the site for submission via US mail or email. Instructions are included on each scholarship's application.

Completed applications with supporting material must be received – via either format -- no later than April 21, 2024 for consideration. Winners will be notified early in May and will be invited to attend a club meeting to receive the award.

Peekskill Rotary Scholarships and Awards 2024

The chart below offers only highlights for each scholarship and award, and students are encouraged to review carefully qualifications and instructions in the applications before applying.

ScholarshipAmount of AwardSpecial eligibility or requirement
Raymond Lapolla Scholarship$1,000 a year for 4 yearsAcademic standing, financial need; essay required
Dr. Joseph Fontana Scholarship$1,000Musical performance; planned major or minor in music
George Sampson Scholarship$1,000Vocational merit; planned trade or craft career
Robert Flower Scholarship$500Student of Hispanic or Latino heritage; essay required
Daniel Sadofsky Scholarship$500Peekskill HS Interact Club member; essay required
Carmella & Nicholas Bertoline Business Scholarship (2 awards)$1,000Commitment to business career; essay required
Aaron Manzer Scholarship$1,000Participation in sports, community service and extracurricular activities; essay required
Bruce Bellom Scholarship$500Planned career in criminal justice; essay required
Denise Calabrese Scholarship$1,000Peekskill HS students only; 1st family member to attend college; financial need; essay required
Dr. Robert J. Hales Scholarship$1,000Planned career in physics, chemistry, biology or medicine
Academic and Fellowship Awards$500Winners selected by Guidance Counselors
Athletic Awards$500Winners selected by Athletic Directors