In June, the Keene Elm City Rotary club awarded five financial awards as part its Unsung Heroes Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund is designed to recognize the unsung heroes of our region: those who embody the Rotary ideal of “service above self.” We seek candidates who have engaged in significant service to their communities, schools, religious organizations or to their own struggling families.

The scholarships are open to any Monadnock region resident who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning and needs financial support to enroll in that institution.

This year’s winners are:

Tamika Marciniec
Michelle Bourassa
Jude Nuru
Harry  Thomas
Evelyn Proctor
Each winner was awarded $1,000, and this year’s recipients represented a wide range of ages and educational goals, including two Keene High School students who are heading off to four-year universities in the Fall (University of Missouri and University of New Hampshire); Jude Nuru of Antioch University who will be using the scholarship funds to travel back to his native Ghana to continue his post-doctoral research into energy and environmental studies; and Tamika Marciniec, a mother of three who is pursuing a nursing degree at River Valley Community College.

“These scholarships often allows adults to continue their education without taking on a second or third job to pay for their classes or certifications,” says Jay Smeltz, Elm City Rotarian and member of the scholarship committee.
In addition to the monetary award, the Keene Elm City Rotary Club offers mentoring and networking to assist the recipient in their chosen course of study.