Some 64 Everett-area students gained a higher education head start Monday evening as the Rotary Club of Everett presented scholarships funded by club members and donors worth an unprecedented $341,975.

The total includes two new “Partners in Excellence” scholarships funded by local leaders. The Partners in Excellence program was started in 1999 to encourage local businesses and friends of Rotary to contribute to our scholarship program annually.

  • Former Everett mayor Ed Hansen and his wife Andi are strong advocates of higher education and support both the Everett School District and Everett Community College. Their scholarship supports a general education path.
  • The John and Eileen Staniford trade scholarship was created to honor the parents of Rotarian Jim Staniford, whose dad was an operating engineer for 55 years.

Scholarship winners were recognized at an in-person celebration May 22 in the Everett Civic Auditorium. Their individual grants range from $500 to $28,000.

“Each year we are humbled and honored by our high school students’ achievements and dedication,” said Rotary president Tammy Dunn. “The members of the Rotary Club of Everett and our community partners are delighted to help these inspiring young neighbors advance in their education and achieve their dreams.”

Rotarians in Everett work closely with school counselors to identify scholarship prospects. Those nominees are then interviewed by Rotary members, who make the final selection. Since this program began in 1952, the club has awarded more than $5.5 million in scholarships.

“Each year I am incredibly grateful for the support of the Everett Rotary scholarships for our students,” said superintendent Ian Saltzman of the Everett School District. “Those being awarded have worked hard to achieve their high school goals and move on to their next level of educational opportunities. Financial assistance helps them immensely as they begin to work toward their post-graduate goals.”

Supporting youth is a major focus for the Rotary Club of Everett. Club members share their business experiences with students participating in the school district’s AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program. The club also participates in student exchange programs by sending local students overseas and hosting students from other countries.

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and peace. Formed in 1916, the Rotary Club of Everett is one of three Rotary clubs in Everett and more than 30,000 clubs in 162 countries worldwide.

Club members represent a broad spectrum of business, governmental, charitable and public service occupations and support many service projects in the Everett community and around the world. The club meets at 12:00 noon every Tuesday in hybrid meetings that include both online participation and in-person gatherings. To learn more, visit Everett Rotary.