Milford Rotary Club Announces New Scholarships


The Milford Rotary Club announced that this year the Club’s Educational Foundation will offer four scholarships: the Traditional Scholarship, the Joseph Warnell Scholarship, and two new scholarships from the Garbutt Family Trust. All scholarship applications are due by April 11.

“Although a student’s academic achievement is important, it is only one aspect of the criteria for our scholarships” said Jim O’Neill, scholarship coordinator for the foundation. “We try to focus on the whole person including his or her leadership ability, demonstrations of the student’s citizenship, and character. We try to keep the process fairly simple,” said O’Neill. In addition to a brief application form, applicants will send in a letter of recommendation, their transcript, and complete a one page essay, but each scholarship also has slightly different criteria.

The Traditional Scholarship is for $1,500. Students planning a degree in any career choice may apply.

The Joseph Warnell Scholarship is for $1,500. Students must be planning a career in science or mathematics.

The Garbutt Family Trust Scholarship is for $2,000. This is a need based scholarship and is for students planning a career in business, science or education at a four year college. Students may apply for any scholastic year.

The Garbutt Family Trust – Del Tech Scholarship is for $1,500 and limited to the Delaware Tech Southern Campus. This is a need based scholarship for a student majoring in business or information technology. Students may apply for any scholastic year. This scholarship is limited to Milford High School graduates only.

Scholarship applicants must reside in the service area of the Milford Rotary Club which includes all of the Milford School District. Graduating seniors in public, parochial, or private schools or home schooled seniors must submit their applications by April 11, 2011.

The Garbutt Family Trust scholarships were established after the late Tom Garbutt, a long time Rotarian and Milford business owner, his late wife, Marie, and their daughter Gail. The Warnell scholarship was named after Joseph Warnell, a long term Rotarian, chemist, and former business owner.

Applications are available on-line at, from any high school guidance office, or by calling James O’Neill at 422-3207.