Rotary awards $134,000+ in scholarships to local students

Rotary awards $134,000+ in scholarships to local students
Friday marked the 31st year that Union City Rotary Club has helped local students further their education beyond high school.
A total of 177 scholarships totaling $134,450 were awarded to 115 students from Obion County, Union City and South Fulton high schools during the organization’s annual banquet in the family life center at First Baptist Church in Union City, where donors were on hand to meet those who will benefit.
An additional 86 people will be awarded $139,000 in scholarships through the Verhine Scholarship fund, endowed with $3.2 million from the F. Fern Verhine Trust. Those scholarships are available only to upper-classmen in accredited colleges, universities and technical schools who are graduates of UCHS.
Scholarship committee chairman Roger Williams, who is serving his last year in that capacity, said he thinks the program is a worthy one and is thankful to all the support the club receives.
“It’s a testament to the giving nature of our residents,” he said of Obion County.
To date, the Union City Rotary Club has been able to award $4,399,885 in scholarships.
The Union City Rotary Club was chartered Sept. 2, 1936. Members of the Rotary Club are a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.
In 1982 when Gus White, who was a charter member and a past district governor, died, a trust fund of $10,000 was set up for a scholarship in his memory. Then another Rotarian, Hardy Graham, started a trust fund for scholarships with a $1,000 donation.
In 1983, the former Old & Third National Bank, now known as Commercial Bank, found itself in possession of a trust fund that had been left in a will specifically to fund scholarships. The trust officer, John Pylant, asked if the bank could join forces with the Rotary Club to make the processing of applicants easier.
This was the beginning of the Union City Rotary Club scholarship program.
Today Union City Rotary Foundation is registered as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Photographs of scholarship recipients and their donors will appear in upcoming editions of The Messenger. Published in The Messenger 5.14.12

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