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Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset awards academic scholarship

By Staff | Jun 15, 2017

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset presents Lily Jenkins (second from left) with the club’s second Go Green Scholarship award; also pictured, from left, are: Katie Zimmerman, Heidi Dollinger and Joanne Laird.

LAHAINA – The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset awarded its second annual Go Green academic scholarship to Lily Jenkins on May 30 during its weekly club meeting.

Lily received $2,500 toward earning a five-year dual degree in Environmental Science and Information Systems with a minor in Business. She will be attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the fall.

Selected from a competitive field of applicants, Lily’s academic achievements at Molokai High School as well as her extensive volunteer work and exceptional leadership skills earned her the award.

Among her many volunteer activities, she has assisted with wetland restoration for Nene O Molokai since 2006.

“From an early age, Lily recognized an environmental need in her community and decided to do something about it,” said Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Interim President Joanne Laird. “She is a positive role model for all of us.”

The scholarship is funded through the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s annual “Go for the Green” St. Patrick’s Day event. It demonstrates the club’s commitment to environmental initiatives and to the long-term educational goals of local students.

“Thanks to the community’s generous support of our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, we are able to assist Lily with her environmental studies,” said Laird. “We are excited to follow her future academic achievements and look forward to another successful fundraiser in March 2018 that will enable us to help more local students and the environment.”

To qualify for the $2,500 scholarship, the student had to be a graduating senior who lives in West Maui, Lanai or Molokai and attends a Maui, Lanai or Molokai high school. The student had to demonstrate superior academic abilities, involvement in school activities and a winning character profile, and must be pursuing a field of study that will benefit the environment.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. Clubs hold regular meetings where members can form friendships and participate in activities that serve their communities. For more information about the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, visit the club’s website at www.rotarycluboflahianasunset.org or contact Laird at mamalrd01@gmail.com.