Rochester Rotary

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Rochester, Mich. — June 6, 2016 – Rochester Rotary, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, announces it awarded Paul Harris college scholarships to two Rochester Community Schools class of 2016 graduates. Paul Harris is a co-founder of Rotary International. Each scholarship is for $5,000, payable over four years at $1,250 per year, provided the awardee is enrolled in college full-time. The announcement was made by Rochester Rotary Club President, Alan McLellan.

“Scholarship and the encouragement of community service at the high school level are vital elements of Rochester Rotary’s outreach to the young people in our community,” McLellan said. “We are honored to present these scholarships to such community and academically minded Rochester area students.”

The 2016 Paul Harris scholarship winners are:
• Elena Romund, Rochester Adams High School class of 2016. Elena will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to pursue a major in biology. She was in the Adam’s Interact Club for three years and served as the Club’s Vice President.
• Sudharshna Radhakrishnan, Rochester High School class of 2016. Sudharshna will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a major in computer science. She was in the Rochester High Interact Club for three years and has an extensive record of community service.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for students ages 14-18 and is offered at all Rochester Community Schools high schools (Adams, Rochester, Stoney Creek and ACE). The recipients received their scholarships at the Community Scholarship Reception on April 19, 2016.

About Rochester Rotary
Celebrating more than 60 years as a club, Rochester Rotary is one of 34,000 member clubs of Rotary International, which has more than 1.2 million members and raises and disburses funds for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Monies are raised through social events and service projects organized by the club, ‘fines’ collected at Rochester Rotary meetings and gifts offered to the club through members and supporters.

The club welcomes new members who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township. For membership information, contact Jeff Whitbey at Rochester Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Hall on Avon Road and Livernois in Rochester Hills. Learn more at

About Rotary International
Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who hail from Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Learn more at