Posted by Amalia Ellis on Jun 10, 2019
$28,000 in scholarships were presented to 15 local students that reside in San Benito County and attended San Benito High, Anzar, Pinnacles, Palma and Monterey Bay Academy.
Each year the Rotary Club of Hollister awards college scholarships to local high school seniors throughout San Benito County. This year, the club allocated $28,000 in scholarships to 15 students, the largest amount allocated in the club's 94 years of existence.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Scholarship Recipients:

  1. Adrian Gomez (Cal State University Monterey Bay)
  1. Ian Sills (Stanford University)
  1. Christian Casarez (Cal State University Chico)
  1. Joseph Nino (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  1. Alyssa Ito (University of California at Davis)
  1. Sarah Meza (University of California Irvine)
  1. Jessica Slater (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  1. Megan Matthews (Cal State University Monterey Bay)
  1. Sean Slavich (University of California Berkeley)
  1. Shane Culler (Walla Walla University)
  1. Clarissa Corona (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  1. Yasmin Gonzalez (Cal State University San Francisco)
  1. Anessa Ocampo (Cal State University Stanislaus)
  1. Arely Campos Melendez (UCLA)
  1. Christian Gonzalez (Trades School)
Youth programs and scholarships have been a strong focus for the club for many decades in addition to many other local programs (Stuff the Bus, 12 Days of Giving, etc.) and international projects (construction of clean water wells in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana; sanitation in Nigeria and Ghana; maternal health in Nigeria; education in Mexico, Philippines, and South America; literacy; oxygen generator and supplies in Ethiopia; polio eradication globally and much more).
The Rotary Club of Hollister was founded in 1925 and lives by the motto "Service Above Self." Hollister Rotary's major fundraiser is the Annual Mission 10 Race, which takes place the last Saturday in January at the Mission San Juan Bautista. The club also raises funds throughout the year by participating in the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo in late June and other smaller fundraisers. 
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President Dave Westrick & Joseph NinoAreli Campos Melendez, Esther Curtice & Cesar FloresPresident Dave Westrick & Shane Culler