This year the trustees of the Milford Rotary Club Educational Foundation added the Dr. William Warren Memorial Scholarship to its list of offerings to high school seniors. Bill Warren was an educator, beloved teacher to many in the Milford School District and a long term trustee of the club’s Educational Foundation. This new scholarship is for $2,500 and was made possible by the many donations made in his memory.
Warren passed away on January 22 and his family said after his death that the outpouring of sympathy and remembrances prompted them to raise funds for a scholarship in his name. Born in Milford and a graduate of Milford High School, Warren was the first of his family to attend college, earning a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Delaware. He went on to receive a master’s from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English Literature from the Ohio State University. He began teaching in 1982 at Lake Forest before moving to Milford where he taught gifted and talented classes until 2000.
Warren was a member of the Rotary Club committee that helped select scholarship recipients for many years, according to his son, Kevin, soon after Warren passed. His family felt that this was the best way to honor his legacy, by helping create a Rotary scholarship in his name.
In addition to this new scholarship, the Milford Rotary Club is offering five $2,500 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years. “We were able to provide these scholarships due to the generosity of the Rotary Club members and the many sponsors of the Rotary Flags for Heroes fundraiser,” said Jim O’Neill, the foundation’s coordinator.
This year’s scholarships include a Rotary Traditional scholarship at $2,500 as well as a Rotary Warnell scholarship at $2,500 named after the late Joseph Warnell, a long term Rotarian, chemist, and former business owner. The Donovan Interact scholarship at $2,500 named after business owner and long time Rotarian Jack Donovan while the Garbutt Family Trust scholarships at $2,000 each are named for the late long time Rotarian and Milford business owner Thomas Garbutt, his wife, Marie, and daughter, Gail. This includes one new and one renewed $2,000 scholarship each year. In addition, there is the Rotary Service Above Self scholarship at $2,500 and Rotary Perseverance scholarship at $2,500.
All scholarships are judged on the criteria of the student’s leadership, character, and citizenship as well as academic achievement, but each scholarship may have additional specific requirements.
All 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, charter, parochial, or private schools or home schooled seniors must submit their applications by April 20, 2023. Children and grandchildren of Milford Rotary Club members are not eligible.
Applications are now available for download at www.milfordrotaryclub.com, Paper copies may be obtained by contacting a school guidance office or by calling James O’Neill at 302-422-3207.
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