Todd Martin,  Fellowship program coordinator

Todd Martin, 
Fellowship program coordinator

 

The Rotary Club of Richmond traditionally supports one organization per year with a major grant in the area of $25,000 to make a significant impact in operations or capacity building. For the Club's 100th anniversary in 2013, the Club decided to make a $150,000 centennial celebration grant payable over multiple years. 

Pictured above: Rotary Club of Richmond Past Presidents Mac Bates, Kenny Janes (Student Fellow Award Recipient) Paul Nardo, Paul Levengood and Danny Plaugher present scholarship at 100 year celebration dinner.

 
 
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Working with Partnership For the Future, the Club, and several member organizations, have provided paid summer internships to students who will be first generation college students.  During each of their three years in the program, the students complete a seven-week internship four days a week, and on Fridays participate in career readiness workshops at the Virginia Commonwealth University.  Through the internships the students gain valuable workplace job skills and are mentored by caring adults. 

 

The students participating for the summer 2016:

Rotary Fellows:
Mira Davis
Monique Ross
Leonardo Franzinetti
De'Jamont Henderson
Merilyn Martinez
Christerpher Wilkins
Briana Charlton

Internship Site:
VA Historical Society
Wyatt Transfer
Boy Scouts of America
Richmond Residential
American Red Cross
Geoff McDonald and Associates
Goodwill

Five of the students are in their third and final summer of the program and will each receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Club for their college tuition.  Two of the students are entering their first summer of the program and will be with us through 2018.

At the conclusion of our commitment to these students the Club will have completed its $100,000 pledge of support to Partnership For the Future to provide this incredible opportunity to area youth.

If you have any questions please contact RCOR member Todd Martin at 938-2613 or todd.martin@scouting.org

 

Previous Years Participants:

2015

Organization Partners:
American Red Cross
Boy Scouts of America
Clark Financial Associates
Geoff McDonald and Associates
Wyatt Transfer
Old Dominion Home Health
Richmond Residential Services
Virginia Historical Society
Higher Achievement

Rotary Fellows:
Merlyn Martinez
Leonardo Franzinetti
Sarra Wesa
Caleb Meyers
Kourtney Bugg
Monique Ross
Delamunt Henderson
Meshala Lumpkin
Tracee Ellis

 

2014

Placed by PFF:
Higher Achievement
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
A Grace Place
Southside Child Development Center

Rotary Fellows:
Tracee Ellis
Morgan Howard
Niasia Ellis
Recayah Shahid

Ten additional Rotary Fellows were hosted by club members

American Red Cross
Boy Scouts of America
Clark Financial Associates
Geoff McDonald and Associates
Good Will Industries
Long & Foster Realtors
Old Dominion Home Health
Richmond Residential Services
Virginia Historical Society
Virginia House of Delegates

Merlyn Martinez
Leonardo Franzinetti
Sarra Wesa
Caleb Meyers
Sahmoan Phillips
Kourtney Bugg
Monique Ross
Delamunt Henderson
Stefan Woodson (rising senior)
Meshala Lumpkin

 

2013

Placed by PFF:
Higher Achievement
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
A Grace Place
Southside Child Development Center

Rotary Fellows:
Tracee Ellis
Morgan Howard
Niasia Ellis
Recayah Shahid