Derby-Shelton Rotary Scholarship Program


2017 Scholarship Winners

The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club has made some major changes to its scholarship program in recent years in moving four of the scholarships from annual to quadrennial scholarships. The change began in 2014 with the Martin Chromik Scholarship. In succeeding years, the George Tierney (2015) Cas Turaj (2016) Harry Fowler, Jr. (2017) will be awarded and the cycle will perpetuate itself in the future.

The Club annually awards the scholarships to worthy students in Derby and Shelton High School. In addition to the four $10,000 scholarships, the Club awards one-year scholarships valued at either $1,750 or $2,000 per year depending on the scholarship. Starting in 2017, the Club is also 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 fund raising auction. There are three scholarships reserved for students in Derby High School and four 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. Follow the links below to learn more about each scholarship and the past winners. Click here to see some of the previous winners.

Derby-Shelton Rotary Scholarships:

For Derby High Students:

For Shelton High Students:

For students from either school:

 

Please note that the year the $10,000.00 scholarship is awarded to the student of that particular school.  One of above scholarships will be guaranteed to go to the opposite school.

Martin Chromik Scholarship

The Martin Chromik Scholarship ($10,000) will be presented to a member of the graduating class at Derby High School. 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. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at a four year college.

Please note this is a $10,000.00 scholarship paid over four years at $2,500.00 per year.

It is given out once every four years with the next award in 2018

The criteria for the selection will include:

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

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 Cas Turaj Scholarship

The Cas Turaj Scholarship ($10,000) will be presented to a member of the graduating class at Derby High School. 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 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.

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.

Please note this is a $10,000.00 scholarship paid over four years at $2,500.00 per year.

It will be given out once every four years with the next award in 2020.

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 ($2,000) will be presented to one member of the graduating class of Derby and Shelton High School on a rotating basis. A Shelton High School Student will receive the award in even numbered years, and a Derby High School Student will receive it in odd numbered years. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learner 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

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President’s Scholarship

Beginning in 2017, the Club will award two $1,000 President’s Scholarships. One student at each of the high schools will receive an award. Criteria will be available soon.

George H. Tierney Scholarship

The George H. Tierney Scholarship ($10,000) will be presented to a member of the graduating class at Shelton High School. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education 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.

Please note this is a $10,000.00 scholarship paid over four years at  $2,500.00 per year.

It will be given out once every four years. It will be awarded next in 2019.

The criteria for the selection will include:

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

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Harry Fowler Scholarship

The Harry Fowler, Jr. Scholarship ($10,000) will be presented to a member of the graduating class at Shelton High School. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning, at a four year college.Harry Fowler, Jr. was president of the club in 1967-1968. He was a graduate of Shelton High School and was active with Rotary’s International Youth Exchange including hosting exchange students. It is significant to note that his father, Harry E. Fowler, Sr., was the Superintendent of the Shelton Schools.

Please note this is a $10,000.00 scholarship paid over four years at $2,500.00 per year.

It will be given out once every four years starting in 2017

The criteria for the selection will include:

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

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Dr. Edward Bednar Scholarship

The Dr. Edward Bednar Scholarship ($1,750) will be awarded to a member of the graduating class of either Derby or Shelton High School. Dr. Bednar was President of the Club in 1970-1971.  A well known dentist in the Valley area, he had a particular interest in student exchange programs during his years in Rotary. This scholarship was established in his name by his family members upon his death. Preference will be given to a student pursuing an education in the health care field. It will be awarded to a student who will further his/her education at an accredited institution of higher learning, including pursuing an associate’s degree program. Click here to learn more about Dr. Bednar.

 

 

The criteria for the selection will include:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Community Service
  3. Financial Need

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Robert W. Dickgeisser Scholarship

The Robert W. Dickgiesser Scholarship ($2,000)  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 the 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

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Edward Handi Scholarship

The Edward Handi Scholarship ($2,000) 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. Financial Need
  3. Extra-curricular Activities

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