by Fred Hilsenrath
At our Rotary Club we concentrate on scholarships. There are, of course, also other needs in our world that we try to meet and contribute too. During this mid-day Rotary meeting, we had the pleasure to hear words of appreciation from one of our scholar award recipients, Brooks Azar. Here are Azar’s words:
“My name is Brooks Azar and I was the speaker for Rotary on Wednesday, the 27th of July. I spoke about being recipients of the Rotary scholarship. My husband, Joshua Azar, and I both received this scholarship our first semester of college following high school graduation. I spoke about how it was such an honor to receive this scholarship and how we both greatly appreciate being able to receive a scholarship from such a prestigious club that has been around for 111 years. I am 22 years old, my husband is 24 years old and we live in Shirley, Arkansas. I graduated from West Side High School in 2011. My husband graduated from Shirley High School in 2009 and we are both pursuing nursing. My husband will graduate from nursing school in December, 2016 and pursue his education by getting a master’s degree and going on to get his doctorate in nursing.
I will graduate from nursing school in December, 2018.”
I was doing some thinking about our emphasis on scholarships and came up with good reasons to choose scholarships over so many other needs for mankind. An educated public will serve to maintain our standard of living, our industrial strength, our ability to compete, have the respect of the rest of the world and maintain our leadership position on earth. Education will also provide successful careers for the next generation, young people that are self-confident, rational thinkers and not prone to angry outbursts against the world around them.