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Scholarship winners Scholarship winners and parents: Pictured )left to right) are Mike and Robin Marshall with daughter Chelsea Marshall, Lauren Lilly, with parents Laura and Bill Lilly, and scholarship committee chair Rotarian Bonnie Prisk.

Two Putnam students awarded Rotary scholarships

August 2, 2011

Lauren Marie Lilly (Hurricane High) and Chelsea Michelle Marshall (Buffalo High) each today received a scholarship for $2,000 from Putnam Rotary.

Lilly, the daughter of Bill and Laura Lilly, begins work this fall toward a degree in elementary education at West Virginia University. She is the granddaughter of Andy Ball, a veteran Putnam teacher, and her mother also teaches in Putnam County Schools.

An honor student, Lilly played tennis for four years at Hurricane High, where she also participated in the Teen-Age Republican Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is an officer in the 24/7 Drug Free Club.

She will go to Morgantown with her twin brother who also entering WVU as a freshman this fall.

Marshall is the daughter of Mike and Robin Marshall. She plans to major in chemistry at Bethany College. Two years ago, Chelsea received a Rotary grant for participation in the People to People Ambassadorial Program. As a sophomore, she managed a personal web site and raised the balance of funding to enable her to travel "from Buffalo to Washington -- and beyond."

As a Bison, Marshall has been active in band (section leader) and show choir. She attended the Governor's Honors Academy this summer. She has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and a co-captain in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her father is an amateur radio operator (N8YUY), and Chelsea earned her own license (KD8INE) at age 14.

Lilly and Marshall were selected for scholarship honors from a field of 21 applicants.

The recipients of the scholarships cannot be a Rotarian or a member of the family of a Rotary member. While the initial stipend is $2,000, the award is indefinite as to term or degree of support.

"Persons holding the scholarship, in an academic sense, would be 'adopted' by Putnam Rotary," said Bonnie M. Prisk who chairs the Rotary scholarship committee. "We work with them over time and ask for reports on their learning progress," she said.

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