The Agawam Rotary Club annually awards four types of scholarships.  Each scholarship has a different objective and aims to support students with a diversity of interests and talents.

The Andrew Gallano Scholarship for the Arts is awarded to an Agawam resident, graduating from high school, who plans to pursue further studies and a career in the Cultural Arts.  In any given year, if no individual is deemed to warrant this scholarship, the Board may designate a grant in a similar amount be issued to a related community based nonprofit group.

Cultural arts is described as any endeavor which is considered to be influenced heavily by creativity and intended, at least in part, to appeal to the aesthetic senses.  The determining committee or board will have the right to a wide interpretation.  Some examples include but are not limited to:  painting, drama, languages, music, dance, journalism, poetry, architecture and graphics.

The applicants are allowed to apply in consecutive years, whether or not they are awarded the scholarship in previous years.

This scholarship is presented in the loving memory of Andrew Gallano.  Mr. Gallano was a lifelong resident of the Town of Agawam and was a member of the Agawam Rotary Club.  "Andy" contributed in many ways to Agawam including his paintings of many area landmarks.  The initial funding for this scholarship was provided by the sale of many of his paintings from his estate.

The Charles H. Heyl Vocational/Technical Scholarship/Grant is awarded to an Agawam resident, as a scholarship for further education or as a grant for the purpose of purchasing tools or equipment, to become established in a trade or vocation.  Applicants need not be a high school senior.  The applicants are allowed to apply in consecutive years, whether or not they are awarded the scholarship/grant in previous years.

This scholarship is presented in loving memory of Charles H. Heyl.  "Charlie" was devoted to vocational/technical education.  Charlie began his career as a tool and die maker in 1946.  In 1962 he began his teaching career at Agawam High School as a machine shop teacher.  While serving as President of the Massachusetts Industrial Education Society from 1975-1977 he fought for the inclusion of industrial arts in funding for technology and this was the beginning of today's technology education in Massachusetts.  Charlie served as the President of the Agawam Rotary Club for the 1998-1999 year and was held in the highest regard by his fellow Rotarians;  Charlie passed away on February 14, 2002.  This program was started with generous donations from Club members and is unique in its purpose and vision.

The Beverly M. Ladizki and David A. Ladizki Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding high school senior who is planning to continue their education, and with intent to attend law school. 

Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from Agawam who best exemplify Rotary's principal motto, "Service Above Self', and who show leadership abilities and a desire to make a contribution to their home, school, community and country.

David, a practicing attorney, is a Charter member of the Agawam Rotary Club and has donated time and resources to help the Club do good in the World.  This scholarship has been generously funded by David and Beverly.

The Ray and Reita McCarroll Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two graduating high school seniors, one from Agawam and one from West Springfield, who plan to attend college.  Scholarships are awarded to students who best exemplify Rotary's principal motto, "Service Above Self", and who show leadership abilities and a desire to make a contribution to their home, school, community and country.

The purpose is to perpetuate the memory of memory of Ray and Reita McCarroll by providing scholarships in their names.  Ray was a charter member of the Agawam Rotary Club and a recruiter of many new members.   Ray was the manager of the Agawam Food Mart for 27 years and, until his death in 1980 and resided in West Springfield with his wife, Reita.  Reita (Stacy) McCarroll was an active supporter of the scholarship until she passed in 2009.

 

The applications for all scholarships are available for download in a .pdf format on the right side of this page.