Scottsdale Rotary receives funding for scholarships, global grant

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, the club received a notable legacy gift to its foundation via Cherri Shaw, wife of former member, Col. Park Shaw.

Rotarians Nigel Casey and Nigel Drummond.

Rotarians Nigel Casey and Nigel Drummond.

The gift has been specifically designated to annually award college and/or trade school scholarships to students interested in pursuing military and/or first responder training/careers.

World War II Veteran Col. Park Shaw, who passed away July 29, was an active Rotarian with perfect attendance for 42 years.

Col. Shaw served as 1984-85 Rotary Club of Scottsdale Club president and in April 2016 received the prestigious club’s Service Above Self 2016 Lifetime Military Achievement Award.

At the same meeting, the club received gift donations from the former Scottsdale Airpark Rotary Club for use within RCS’s Youth Salute and its International Global Grant projects.

Youth Salute is a recognition program for high school juniors who are leadership achievers. The program is designed to applaud young people who are good citizens, have at least a B grade point average, and have been elected to a leadership position by their peers, in their schools and or community organizations.

The two Scottsdale Rotary Clubs have for many years collaborated together to read and judge essays submitted by the contestants, conduct oral interviews with the contestants and select final winners who receive scholarships and trips to a leadership conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Col. Park Shaw.

Col. Park Shaw.

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale along with partnering Rotary International clubs has received approval from Rotary International for a Global Grant.

The monies received from Scottsdale Airpark Rotary along with funds from Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Foundation will be directed toward being a contributing partner on the Via Village Entrepreneurial Development Center, Wanni, Sri Lanka, Rotary International Global Grant.

The aftermath of the 30 years civil war in Sri Lanka has left over 200,000 internally displaced persons who were initially in IDP camps. These people have all now been resettled onto new barren lands and with little resources.

The global project’s goal is to assist a devastated people and help them meet basic needs by proposing a sustainable system of entrepreneurship in a custom-built business hub.

RCS International Service Committee Co-chairs James Hann and Sara Crosby-Hartman state that RCS is partnering with Sri Lanka’s Rotary Club of Colombo and the Rotary Club of Oakland, Calif. to build the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities of Sri Lanka.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s programs and membership – see

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