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Welcome to our Club
Martha's Vineyard

We Love Martha's Vineyard!

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Online on Zoom
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P.O. Box 1951
Edgartown, MA 02539
United States of America
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Our Charity Committee is one of our most active committees, meeting monthly to review grant requests. Most recipients receive under $2000, but all together we gave away around $25,000 in the last fiscal year! That's a lot of good work that our Rotary Club of MV has supported! In addition to grants, our weekly speakers receive an honorarium to donate to the charity of their choice.
 
Last year we were pleased and proud to support:
 
African Artists Community Development Project, Animal Shelter of MV, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Jabberwoky, Community Suppers, Connect to End Violence, Elder SErvices of Cape Cod and The Islands, ELL Lunch Program, Federated Church, Felix Neck preschool, Friends of the Edgartown Library, FUEL, Fuel assistance program, Good Shepherd, Habitat for Humanity, Harbor Homes, Hospice of MV, IBFCA, Institute for Nonprofit Practice, Island Blue Pages, Island Food Pantry, Island Grown Initiative, Island Housing Trust, Misty Meadoows, MV Crop Walk, MV Mediation Program, MV Youth Task Force, MVCS, NE Classic Tour De Cure, Plastic Free MV, Project Vine, Rhythm of Life, Ronald McDonald House, Sail MV, Song Exchange Project, The Dictionary Project, Tisbury Firefighters, UMC Clothes to Go, Vineyard Conservation Society, VMS
 
If you would like to learn more, participate in the committee or apply for a grant,  please contact this year's committee chair, Tom Rosenthal.

The Martha's Vineyard Rotary Club should be very proud of another successful Scholarship program in 2020. This is our seventh year in cooperation with the Bardwell Family, to offer a two thousand dollar scholarship to a student from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. This year, in spite of the Corona crisis, our Scholarship has grown. Two years ago, the Board of Rotary voted to expand the program. When the student is selected, he or she may apply for additional funding each year they remain in school. The scholarship for the recipient has been expanded from $2000,00 to $5,000 over a four year period.

This year, 19 students applied for the Scholarship and seven students were interviewed via Zoom. We had outstanding candidates and the committee was very impressed with the quality and caliber of students who had applied. Our scholarship process is very unique since we incorporate many variables and requirements that other scholarships do not require. Specifically, within the application process, students in addition to their academic standing, must respond to specific questions, submit 3 recommendations and demonstrate a clear relationship to Rotary's motto, "Service to Others, Above Self". The applications are reviewed by the Committee and then students were selected for an interview with the Committee. It is a very comprehensive process and we are very pleased to announce that Imani Hall was selected as the recipient of the Martha's Vineyard Rotary/Diana Bardwell Scholarship. Imani as indicated will be eligible for additional funding after her first year.

We plan to have a future discussion regarding additional options for students who have successfully completed their programs and have demonstrated clear indicators of Service to Others. However, in terms of all the variables may not be as comparable to others who had applied. Yet, Rotary was very pleased that we are receiving a range of students interested in applying for our Scholarship. I would like to thank the following Rotarians for their dedication and commitment of time: Stephanie Burke, Rosemary Blair, Tom Rosenthal, Colleen Garrett, Joan Dunayer, Jennifer Neary, and Ann Hunt. Thanks to the Bardwell Family, the support from the community and High School.

- Submitted by Dr. Rolfe Wenner, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee