The Rotary Club of Blanco County recently announced the award of $1000 scholarships to four deserving high school seniors, two from Blanco High School and two from LBJ High School in Johnson City. 

Each school will announce the recipients at their annual Awards Night.  The scholarship recipients will further their education at a university or technical training school.  The scholarship recipients are seniors:

 -McKenna Cowsert and Brett Sultemeier, LBJ High School 

- Raylee Faris and Tristan Schlinke, Blanco High School

A three member Rotary Board evaluated over 14 applicants, from both schools, all of whom were extremely qualified, each impressive in their own right.  The evaluation was based on their academic record, a personal letter to the board, extra-curricular actives, and community service.  The board was impressed by the breadth and depth of each applicant’s credentials.  All were outstanding students in their own right and certainly on their way to successful careers.   

This year, the Rotary Club elected to award a separate $1000 scholarship to the Blanco High School student who most excelled in the area of community service. The Community Service Scholarship is named after retired USAF Lt. Col, Chaplain Joe Garcia, founder of the Blanco Rotary Club and a strong and active believer in Service Above Self, the Rotary Motto.  Miss Raylee Faris was selected as both the recipient of the Joe Garcia Community Service Scholarship as well as the Academic Scholarship.

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Blanco County continues to actively serve the community.   The club is proud to award these five scholarships to the deserving seniors in both county high schools.  Congratulations to them, their families, and their schools.