SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Rotary Foundation for Education of Saratoga Springs recently held its 22nd annual Community Service Awards Dinner, awarding scholarships totaling $85,000 to 15 seniors attending both the Saratoga Springs High School and Saratoga Central Catholic High School.

Awards ranged from $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs Presidential Scholarship of $20,000. The Foundation also honored Cindy and Brien Hollowood for their contributions to the community.

Established in 1997, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation raises funds to support post-secondary education and job training for graduates of public and private high schools in the greater Saratoga community. The annual awards event, held this year at the Longfellows Hotel and Restaurant, is the Foundation’s main fundraiser and all proceeds are used to fund future scholarships.

Cindy and Brien Hollowood, who have long been generous supporters of the Saratoga community, helping to make it a better place for everyone to live, spoke about their commitment to Saratoga and to education.

Beth Post, vice president of the Rotary Foundation for Education of Saratoga Springs, extended her congratulations to the Hollowoods and scholarship recipients on behalf of the Foundation.

“Rotary’s primary purpose is service – in the community, in the workplace, and around the world. The motto of Rotary is service before self. These students not only demonstrate academic excellence, but the same commitment to community that is the hallmark of Rotary,” Post said in his remarks.

Anitza Parilla, a Saratoga Springs High School student who received this year’s Presidential Scholarship, plans to attend Siena College majoring in chemistry/pre-medicine. After receiving her award, she thanked the Foundation and its donors for their generosity.

Student academic performance, extracurricular and professional activities, community service, and financial need are all considered when considering applications. The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

• Robin N’Dolo, Waldorf High School, intending to attend Concordia University, Florence Andresen Memorial Scholarship, $2,500

• Chase Demick, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Skidmore College, Scott Krulcik Memorial Scholarship, $2,500

• Cole Shattuck, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Northwestern Ohio University, William C. Young Scholarship, $2,500

• Molly Egan, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Harvard University, Don Lee Scholarship, $2,500

• Kiera Unverzagt, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend SUNY Brockport, Pierce Scholarship, $4,000

• Crystal Fierros-Garcia, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Cazenovia College, Edward A. Lenz Honor Endowment Scholarship, $4,500

• Elena D’Addio, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Emmanuel College, Cudney Endowed Scholarship in Memory of James and Carryl Cudney, $4,500

• Makenna Weelfley, Saratoga Springs High School and SUNY Adirondack’s Early Scholars Honors Program, with plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, The Endowed Newman “Pete” Wait Sr. Memorial Scholarship, $5,000

• Quinn Weaver, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, intending to attend University of New England, The Endowed Scholarship in honor of Charles V. Wait Sr., $5,000

• Celia Nolan, Saratoga Springs High School, plans to attend SUNY Binghamton, The Joseph and Anne Palamountain Scholarship, $5,000

• Abby Lee, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend University of Pittsburgh, Jane A. Wait Endowed Scholarship by Adirondack Trust, in her memory, $5,000

• Alison Motler, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, intending to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gerow McLuckie Memorial Scholarship, $5,000

• Alise Morgan, Saratoga Springs High School, plans to attend Lemoyne College, Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Scholarship, $6,000

• Quinn Ragan, Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Florida State University, Philly Dake Memorial Endowed Scholarship, $6,000

• Anitza Parilla, attending Saratoga Springs High School, intending to attend Siena College, Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs Presidential Scholarship, $5,000 over 4 years for a total of $20,000

Attendees enjoyed a dinner generously donated by Longfellows and had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction with items donated by many local businesses and organizations including Northshire Bookstore, iRun Local, Holiday Inn, Allerdice/Ace Hardware , Caffé Lena, Stewart’s, Yoga Mandali, Mountainman Outdoor Supply, Ben & Jerry’s, Saratoga Candy Co, Skidmore College and Foundation Board Members.

Next year’s awards dinner is scheduled for June 2023.

The 2022 Rotary Educational Foundation of Saratoga Springs honorees, Brien and Cindy Hollowood. (Photo provided)
Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation Board Member Stephen Kyne presents Anitza Parilla with the Presidential Scholarship.
Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation Board Member Stephen Kyne presents Anitza Parilla with the Presidential Scholarship. (Photo provided)