Riverhead Rotary awards $73,000 in scholarships to 15 Riverhead High School graduates

The Rotary Club of Riverhead this year awarded $73,000 in college scholarships to graduates of Riverhead High School, the most the club has ever given out in scholarships in one year.

Over the years, Riverhead Rotary has distributed a total of $1,183,000 in scholarships to local students, said club scholarship committee chair Annmarie Zilnicki.

“Rotary hopes to instill in these students our motto ‘Service Above Self’ and our goal would be to have them return to the Riverhead community and become Rotarians themselves,” said Zilnicki.

The club presented the scholarships to the recipients at their meeting in Riverhead on Wednesday.

Fifteen senior graduates won the awards, listed below.

W. Bruce Stark Memorial Scholarships ($16,500 each): Meleny Estrada Cortez, Grace Dono, Ahmed Mohammed

Riverhead Rotary Scholarships ($4,000 each): Catherine Bonilla and Matthew Roth

Tara Malanga Memorial Scholarship ($4,000): Rachel Rempe

Hallock Luce III Memorial Scholarship ($2,500): Emily Amaya

Past President’s Scholarship ($2,000): Ava Malanga

Daniel Kohn Truetech Scholarship ($1,000): Alvin Levik

Robert K. Boden Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): Ava Sumwalt

Justice Allen Smith Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): Monica Silva

Riverhead Rotary “Unsung Hero” Scholarship ($1,000): Tayshaun Hawkins

Riverhead Rotary BOCES Scholarship ($1,000): Wilfredo Bonilla

Riverhead Rotary INTERACT Scholarship ($1,000): Catherine Bonilla

Riverhead Rotary NJROTC Scholarship ($1,000): Cadet Jerry Card

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