Rotary Club of Westerville awards $10,000 scholarship to graduating senior


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2020 Rotary Club of Westerville Scholarship winner Lindsey Hartshorn (right), with her mother Tammi Hartshorn.

 

 

 

Largest local scholarship goes to Westerville North’s Lindsey Hartshorn

 

The Rotary Club of Westerville Foundation recently awarded its first ever $10,000 college scholarship to Lindsey Hartshorn of Westerville North High School.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee presented Lindsay with the Rotary Club of Westerville Achievement Award and the scholarship notification Thursday, April 30, at Westerville North. Lindsay plans to attend The Ohio State University this fall and pursue a career in oncology.

Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Lisa Janszen said Lindsey personifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self,” through active involvement in both school and the community. At Westerville North, Lindsey was an exceptional scholar and deeply involved in extracurriculars, through both sports and theater. She also performed extensive community service in her after-school hours.

Her volunteer work included involvement in many Rotary activities. In 2019 Lindsey attended RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. She is this year’s president of the school’s Rotary-affiliated Interact Club and also volunteered with the I CAN program, staged by Rotary Clubs of Westerville in the school district’s elementary schools. Lindsey also has volunteered at the Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter and the Central College Food Pantry.

An AP Scholar and Global Scholar recognized for Superior Academic Achievement, Lindsey also took college classes while enrolled at North, earning A’s and college credit. Lindsey played on the North soccer team for three years as well, serving as captain of the JV squad her sophomore year, making varsity as a junior, and receiving the coach’s Most Inspirational Award. During her active theater career at North, Lindsey earned accolades as Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and the Director’s Award for Senior One Acts.

“In summary, Lindsey is the total package,” Janszen said. “She’s being recognized as an all-around good person who gives back to the community around her. We are proud to have Lindsey and her family affiliated with our Rotary Club of Westerville.”

Other Rotarians on the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee attending the April 30 presentation were President Tom Shaver, Dave Read, Steve Malik, Carol Groseclose and Mike Groseclose. The Foundation is the Rotary’s affiliated 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization.

 

About the Rotary Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Westerville has awarded more than $500,000 in college scholarships to Westerville high school graduates over the past five-plus decades. The program has grown to a community tradition since the first $500 scholarship was awarded in 1964 for a single student to attend what was then a two-year nursing school at Otterbein College.

In recent years, the club has awarded three smaller, four-year college scholarships each year. This year marks the first time going to a single $10,000 award, making it the largest local scholarship available to students graduating from Westerville Central, Westerville North, Westerville South, or DeSales high schools.