Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
Last week 32 Yakima Valley high school seniors were awarded college scholarships from The Yakima Rotary Trust. These kids joined 50 ither students who earned scholarships from the Mary Monroe (Mollie) Davis Scholarship fund. As long as these students attend college on a full-time basis and earn a GPA of 2.75 or higher, they automatically qualify for this scholarship until they complete their Bachelor's degree. Yakima's Rotary Trust has become a primary local source for college scholarships since Mary Monroe (Mollie) Davis gave the organization $20 million in her estate.
A long-time Yakima resident, Ms. Davis had a passion for education and wanted to provide local students with the opportunity to further their education. Her passion can be summed up in one quote from her, "Better leaders for tomorrow come through better education today." This year 369 students from around the Valley applied for the scholarships. Being a Yakima Valley resident, earning above a 2.75 GPA, and community involvement are just some of the criteria that needed to be met before applications are considered. The Mary Monroe Davis Scholarship committee, comprised of Rotarians from all seven of the Yakima Valley's Rotary Clubs, works with Scholarship America to score and evaluate each application. With just these first two years' recipients, by the time they complete four years of college, over $1.6 million dollars will be awarded.
Ms. Davis' generosity and love of her community will be well known, and appreciated, for many years to come through providing future generations with strong leaders.