OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Rotary Club recently honored five graduating seniors of the Oswego City School District and their parents at lunch with scholarships and an Occupational Education Award.
Club President Tom Ingram presented framed certificates to the $1,000 scholarship recipients and a check to the award recipient.
The scholarships will be paid to the students after the successful completion of their first and third semesters of college.
The Occupational Education Award is given to affirm Rotary’s appreciation of the dignity of all useful work and respect for all productive occupations.
Logan Angelina, son of Gregory Angelina, is this year’s recipient of the $500 award.
Angelina, a second class Boy Scout, has studied computer applications at Oswego County BOCES and plans to work in the computer field as a software programmer.
He has been recognized with Freshmen Honors, membership in the National Technical Honor Society, Internet and Core Computing Certification, and second place in the state and fourth place in the regional Competition in Technical Computer Applications of SkillsUSA.
Angelina plans to work for a year and then attend Cayuga Community College to learn more computer coding languages.
The Charles E. Riley Oswego Rotary Scholarship remembers the founding president (1927–1930) of the Oswego Rotary Club and former superintendent of the Oswego City School District, and is given to Leah Weiss, daughter of Garrette and Rebecca Weiss.
Weiss has been active in soccer and track and field as well as Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, and a junior and senior class officer.
She has been a member of the Oswego City/County Youth Court and Young Life youth group.
She earned academic awards in algebra, trigonometry, living environment, and geometry. Weiss plans to attend Western New England University to study pharmacy.
Dylan Lavner, son of Michael and Deborah Lavner, receives the Ralph and Dorothy Faust Oswego Rotary Scholarship.
Mr. Faust served as president of the Oswego Rotary Club in 1934–1935 and was formerly principal of Oswego High School.
Lavner participated in the Interact Club, Key Club, TV Club, Critical Issues Club, and National Honor Society.
His athletic experiences included basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track, usually as team captain.
He volunteered with Harborfest, YMCA, and The Salvation Army.
Lavner will attend New Jersey Institute of Technology and major in biology.
The Manjula R. Shah Oswego Rotary Scholarship is given to Jeremy Galvin, son of Patrick and Angela Galvin, in memory of Dr. Shah; physician, philanthropist, and dedicated Rotarian and is provided with generous support from the Tarandi Foundation.
Galvin’s athletic activities included volleyball, swimming, baseball, and tennis and he performed with the concert band, wind ensemble, and orchestra.
He was also involved with the Oswego City/County Youth Court, Leadership Oswego County Youth, and Student Council and volunteered with Oswego Special Olympics and Hall Newman Center, to name a few.
Galvin will major in environmental engineering at LeMoyne College.
The Anthony J. Murabito Oswego Rotary Scholarship is given in memory of the former principal of Oswego High School, an active member of the Oswego Rotary Club for more than 51 years and a leader and advocate for the Rotary scholarship program.
The award is given to Robert Zeigler, son of Randy and Kate Zeigler.
Zeigler participated in football, track and field, Battle of the Bands, and Oswego County Academic Youth League.
He volunteered for several tasks at his New Covenant Community Church, including playing the electric bass guitar.
He played the lead role in an evangelistic play on youth mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia after having raised the money for his expenses.
The recipient of awards from the Oswego Rotary Club and the Oswego Elks Club, Zeigler was also offered substantial academic merit awards by several colleges.
He will attend Grove City College in Pennsylvania to study ministry and pastoral studies as well as criminal justice.
The Oswego Rotary Club, founded 86 years ago, raises money for scholarships through members’ dues and contributions, occasional memorial gifts, and fundraising projects.
The club hosts the annual Top 100 Dinner to honor the accomplishments of the 25 top academic students in each of the four classes at Oswego High School.
The club has established an endowment fund to help underwrite the scholarship program in the future.
Gifts and bequests will be held in perpetuity, with only the earnings used for awards.
Members of the Scholarship Committee this year are William Crist, John FitzGibbons, David Granoff, Gregory Mills, Mack Richardson, Jon Spaulding and Vernon Tryon.
Anyone having questions about membership in the Oswego Rotary Club or its scholarship program is invited to call Vernon Tryon, Membership Committee chairman, at 343-9692.