Posted: May 1, 2010 5:45 p.m.
With the tough economy in Rock County, the need for college scholarships is especially great. To help address that need, a Janesville service club handed out ten scholarships at its annual scholarship day today.
The Janesville Noon Rotary recognized about 150 outstanding seniors from Janesville Parker, Craig and Milton High Schools at the luncheon.
In addition, five students received $1,000 scholarships, and another five received $500 scholarships.
The applicants were judged on academics, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Janesville Noon Rotary's Bill Boyd said, "This scholarship program has been going on for over ten years. We've had quite a few students come back and tell us that it really helped them out. We just enjoy doing it. We feel that anytime we can help any of the kids, it's well worth while."
Scholarship applicant interviewers said some of the stories of financial need have been especially heartbreaking over the past couple of years, due to the economic problems in Rock County.
NBC 15's John Stofflet served as keynote speaker at today's event.