Rotary Club of Spring Valley Awards Scholarships

Spring Valley Rotary Scholarship committee members Patricia Fernald, Mary Dailey and Bobby Curtis are pictured with six graduating seniors who received a 2015 Rotary scholarship. They are (left to right), from Spring Valley High School,  Lauren Holtslander, Aaron Roach, Campbell Barker and Alexandra Dawson. From Ridge View High School, Shaeli Sanders and Bryce Patrick. Spring Valley Rotarian Bobby Curtis chaired the Scholarship Committee.
Six area Richland District Two high school seniors were awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Spring Valley at the club’s meeting on May 14. The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High School are:  Lauren Holtslander who will be attending Vanderbilt University majoring in biomedical engineering; Aaron Roach, headed to Clemson to major in mechanical engineering; Campbell Barker, who will attend USC's International Business program and Alexandra Dawson who will attend the College of Charleston to study marine biology. From Ridge View High School, Shaeli Sanders will also attend Clemson majoring in engineering and Bryce Patrick will attend Anderson University majoring in kinesiology. 

Awards were based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an interview. Selections were made by members of the club’s scholarship committee led by Rotarian Bobby Curtis. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors in February and selections are made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past twenty-seven years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale. 

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has more than 115 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and also one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit or contact Derek Raper at 803-528-4501 or by email at for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.