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Rotary awards scholarships to DP, SJC students

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Rotary Club recently awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to deserving Deer Park High School and San Jacinto College students. Funds were raised by the Rotary's annual Texas Independence Bicycle Tour, which broke its own records for attendance.

The Deer Park Rotary Club awarded 16 Deer Park High School and San Jacinto College students $14,500 in scholarship funds at its weekly luncheon.

Earning $750 Rotary Scholastic scholarships were Monica Zapata, Austin Price and Sarah Washington. Zapata and Price plan on attending San Jacinto College while Washington plans to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Two $500 Rotary Scholastic Scholarships were also awarded to Daisy Gomez, who will attend the University of Texas and Caroline Chandler, who will attend Texas A&M.

The Rotary Club also awarded its $2,000 Billie Mann Service Award Scholarship to Janet Elias, who also plans to attend Texas. Mann has been affiliated with the Deer Park Rotary Club since its inception in 1966. Mann is known for her knowledge of Deer Park history, Texas lore and heart for volunteerism.

Deer Park Rotary also awarded three endowed memorial scholarships, including the Charles A. Dorris and Mary Munroe Dorris awards.

Lindsey Muscara was awarded the Charles A. Dorris scholarship while Evelia McNeel earned the Mary Munroe Dorris scholarship. The scholarships are presented by the daughters of the late educators as a testament to their parents’ emphasis on education.

Muscara plans to continue her education at the University of Houston whole McNeel plans to attend the University of Texas.

Deer Park Rotary also awarded the $500 Chris Williams Memorial Scholarship to Kellen Rios, who also plans to attend the University of Texas.

Williams was a 1997 DPHS graduate who died nine days after he was involved in an automobile accident on Aug. 3 of that year. A group consisting of Chris and approximately 30 friends were celebrating their last night out together before heading to college on the night of the accident.

When Chris died, lifelong friend Alicia Greeley approached the family about establishing a fund in his name. Greeley, herself a DPHS graduate worked to make sure that the fund was set up, despite her own battle with cancer. Greeley died a year after Williams.

Three students – Daron Camline (Baylor), Isabell Tenorio (Stephen F. Austin) and Haley Williford (San Jacinto) were also each awarded the $500 Interact scholarships while Douglas Gaboury earned the $400 Eagle Scout award.

Two students were also awarded scholarships for San Jacinto College. Chase Hogan earned the $1,000 certificate degree scholarship while Stefano Pissani was awarded the $5,000 Associates Degree scholarship.