Derby-Shelton Rotary Scholarship Program


2018 Winners

Major Changes to The Scholarship program starting in 2019.

The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club’s Scholarship Program is undergoing some major changes for 2019. The biggest change comes in the form of combining the largest scholarships that were offered on a rotating basis to Derby and Shelton High School. Now, each school will be offered an $8,000 scholarship each year. The scholarships will be paid at the rate of $2,000 per year for each student during their four-year course of study. The Derby Scholarships will now be known as the Martin Chromik / Cas Turaj  Scholarship and the Shelton Scholarship will be known as the George Tierney / Harry Fowler, Jr. Scholarship. 

In addition to the two $8,000 scholarships, the Club awards one-year scholarships (Deceased Rotarians, Robert W. Dickgeisser and Edward Handi) valued at $1,500 per year depending on the scholarship. In 2017 the Club also began awarding a $1,000 President’s scholarship for each school.

Funds for this worthwhile project are derived from an endowment fund built through the club’s annual fundraising auction. There are two scholarships reserved for students in Derby High School and two for those at Shelton High School. Three others may be awarded to a student from either school. Scholarship applications are made available from the Guidance Departments at the respective schools early in the year and the deadline for application is May 5, 2019. Follow the links below to learn more about each scholarship and the past winners. Click here to see some of the previous winners. Click here for an application in Word format

Derby-Shelton Rotary Scholarships:

For Derby High Students:

For Shelton High Students:

For students from either school

 

Martin Chromik / Cas Turaj Scholarship

The Martin Chromik / Cas Turaj Scholarship ($8,000) will be presented annually to a member of the graduating class at Derby High School. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at a four-year college.

Martin Chromik was a respected English teacher at Derby High School who went on to become the principal of the school. He oversaw the successful transition when the new Derby High School opened on Nutmeg Avenue. Casimir John Turaj was the proprietor of a footwear store located at 100 Center Street in Shelton at the time of his term as President of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club during Rotary Year 1975-1976.  Cas was involved in retail sales during his professional life.  He was the manager of an automotive accessories store on Main Street in Derby for years and manager of Topps Discount House in West Haven before establishing the footwear outlet in Shelton.  His store catered to the less fortunate children of the Valley selling a variety of sneakers at affordable prices. He was a World War Veteran serving in the US Army 1944-1946.  Cas, community spirited and a devoted Rotarian, passed away August 28, 1984 at the age of 63.

Please note this is an $8,000.00 scholarship paid directly to the college over four years at $2,000.00 per year paid at the start of the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th semesters of study. 

The criteria for the selection will include:

  1. Financial Need
  2. Community Service
  3. Extra-curricular Activities
  4. Scholarship

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George H. Tierney / Harry Fowler, Jr. Scholarship

The George H. Tierney / Harry Fowler, Jr. Scholarship ($8,000) will be presented annually to a member of the graduating class at Shelton High School. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning, at a four-year college.

George H. Tierney was a Shelton High School graduate and president of the Class of 1935. He was the Shelton Postmaster and president of the Derby-Shelton Rotary in 1969-1970.

Harry E. Fowler, Jr. was president of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club in 1967-1968. He was born in Shelton and was a life-long resident. He was a 1935 graduate of Shelton High and graduated from Suffield Academy in 1937. His interest in youth probably stemmed from his father Harry E. Fowler, ST., who was the Superintendent of Schools in Shelton. That interest included his chairing of the Club’s International Youth Exchange and hosting exchange students with his family. He was also a member of the Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Harry was the purchasing agent at Weimann Bros. Manufacturing in Derby. He passed away at the young age of 58

Please note this is an $8,000.00 scholarship paid directly to the college over four years at $2,000.00 per year paid at the start of the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th semesters of study. 

The criteria for the selection will include:

  1. Financial Need
  2. Community Service
  3. Extra-curricular Activities
  4. Scholarship

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Deceased Rotarians Scholarship

The Scholarship in Memory of Deceased Rotarians ($1,500) will be presented to one member of the graduating class of either Derby or Shelton High Schools. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at a four-year college for a finance or business degree. The criteria for the selection will include:

  1. Community Service
  2. Extra-curricular Activities
  3. Financial Need

Please note that this scholarship is paid directly to the College at the start of the second semester.


President’s Scholarship

The Derby Shelton Rotary President Scholarship ($1,000) will be presented to a member of the graduating class from either school.  It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning, at a two-year college or certified training program. The student must stand out for their integrity, work hard at anything they attempt and show signs that they try to live their lives by the Rotary four-way test of the things they think, say, and do which is the following: A) Is it the truth, B) Is it fair to all concerned, C) Will it build good will and better friendships, D) Will it be beneficial to all concerned.

The criteria for the selection will include:

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Robert W. Dickgeisser Scholarship

The Robert W. Dickgiesser Scholarship ($1,500)  will be awarded to a member of the graduating class of either Derby or Shelton High School. Mr. Dickgeisser was a long time Rotarian and owner of Charles J. Dickgieser & Co. of Derby, one of the oldest continuously operated family manufacturing businesses having called derby home for over 150 years. Bob was the auctioneer at the Rotary Auction which was the main fundraising activity for the scholarship program. A proud Dartmouth grad, he was an avid stamp collector.

 

He also served as the popular auctioneer at many of the annual auctions that supported the scholarship program.  It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning.

The criteria for selection will include:

  1. Scouting Activity (Boys or Girls)
  2. Community Service
  3. Extra-curricular Activities
  4. Financial Need

Scouting activities are desired, but not the sole criteria.  All students with strong community activities are encouraged to apply.

Please note that this scholarship is paid directly to the College at the start of the second semester.

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Edward Handi Scholarship

The Edward Handi Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a member of the graduating class of either Derby or Shelton High School. Mr. Handi was a long time Rotarian and President of the Club in 1976-1977.  In addition to his full time job at Charlton Press, he was a highly respected high school sports official. He coordinated the scholarship program for many years. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning.

 

 

The criteria for the selection will include:

  1. Community Service
  2. Scholarship
  3. Financial Need
  4. Extra-curricular Activities

Please note that this scholarship is paid directly to the College at the start of the second semester.

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