Scholarships

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The Rotary Club of Greensburg offers two scholarships for Westmoreland County students.

Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship

The Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor his life’s work of ministry, community service and love of humanity.  Dr. Rutter passed away in 2010 at the age of 93.  He served the United Methodist Church since 1935 and retired from the First United Methodist Church in Greensburg in 1982.  He served the Rotary Club of Greensburg as our Club Secretary from 1962 to 2005 – 43 years! He also served our community with tireless dedication as a volunteer and board member in the purest form of Christian ministry and humanitarian service.

In the 1930’s Dr. Rutter himself received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Greensburg.  He used that scholarship to attend Waynesburg College and eventually to study divinity so many years ago.

The scholarship is open to traditional or non-traditional students residing in Westmoreland County, who have achieved a high school diploma or equivalent including a GED or Home School certificate. Preference will be given to students who seek to enter the Christian Ministry, and/or who have exhibited a strong interest in Community Service and Humanitarian Service.

The Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship is online through the Pittsburgh Foundation website http://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381

Rotary Club of Greensburg Career Assistance Awards Program

The Rotary Club of Greensburg Career Assistance Awards Program was established in 1956.  These scholarships are available to seniors who reside in the Hempfield Area or Greensburg-Salem School Districts.  The awards range from $500 to $2,500 with awards distributed in May of each year.

These scholarships are granted on the basis of need, ability, performance, academic and civic activities and those qualities of character and personality befitting the leadership of a free democratic society and which exemplify Rotary’s principle of Service Above Self.

In addition to the Rotary Club of Greensburg’s initial Career Assistance Awards, two named Scholarships have also been established under the Career Assistance Awards Program:

Milton W. Stairs Career Assistance Award

Milton W. StairsWhen Mr. Stairs graduated from Greensburg High School in 1960, he received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Greensburg.   He used that scholarship to attend Penn State University majoring in mechanical engineering.  Mr. Stairs had a thirty- year career with I.B.M. and was always felt indebted to the Rotary Club of Greensburg for his scholarship.  Mr. Stairs died in 2017 and because of his feeling of indebtedness to the Rotary Club of Greensburg, his family established this scholarship which is presented annually to a graduating Senior from the Greensburg Salem High School.

Bonnie S. Barnhart Memorial Nursing Career Assistance Award

Bonnie S. BarnhartThis award was established as a memorial to Bonnie S. Barnhart, a registered nurse, who was a 1967 graduate of the Presbyterian University Hospital School of nursing and employed by Westmoreland Regional Hospital and later by Plundo Medical Associates. This Career Assistance Award is specifically for those individuals who plan a career as a registered nurse and who plan to attend and graduate from the registered nurse’s program at the Westmoreland County Community College.

To apply for the Rotary Club of Greensburg’s Career Assistance Awards, please use the Career Assistance Award Application.