At a Lloyd District luncheon on May 23, the Albina Rotary Club will award four scholarships to outstanding North and Northeast Portland high school students. The scholarships, which provide each student with up to $8,000 for college, will be presented at the 20th annual Neil Kelly Scholarship Awards Luncheon in the Moda Center’s Rose Room. The club established the scholarship program in 1998 to honor the late Neil Kelly, founder of the Neil Kelly Company and a prominent neighbor who was a charter member of the club.
The Neil Kelly scholarships are dedicated to recognizing high school seniors who live in the club’s service area for their academic achievements and community service. Past winners include graduates from neighborhood schools who have performed hundreds of hours of volunteer work and community service – often while working part-time to assist their families.
“The education of our youth is an issue of primary importance to our communities, our state and the nation,” said Albina Rotary scholarship chair Tom Jenkins. “While Neil himself did not have a college degree, he believed that completion of a degree was an important first step toward success in life.”
The 2017 awards luncheon will feature Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as keynote speaker. The event is open to the public, with proceeds supporting the scholarship endowment fund. Reserved luncheon tickets are $75 per person, and $50 of the price is tax–deductible.
“This is the twentieth year that we have been awarding deserving young men and women,” said club member Margie Davidson. “Over this period of time, 68 individuals have received scholarships that total $196,000. We are especially proud of these students who have worked so hard to achieve a degree. Every one of our students tells us how much the scholarships have helped them and they are thrilled that we are continuing and growing the program. The goal is to give young people an opportunity to get an education and find work that is rewarding to them and the community. All we want is for these young people to succeed. It is important to get them into school, but it’s even more important to get them through school. That’s our motto.”
For more information, or to secure tickets, call Davidson at 503-287-6930 or Jenkins at 503-305-7682.