Every year our members volunteer in our community for special projects. These projects give our members an opportunity to connect with local citizens which exemplify the Rotary motto which is Service Above Self.
4 Way Test
Citizen Student Award
Woodridge Park District Sport Scholarship
Back to School Program
2019 Service Above Self Scholarship Award
The Rotary Club of Woodridge is seeking applicants for its Service Above Self Scholarships.
The scholarships provide financial support to students who have participated in community service activities and have done so over several years’ time. The Rotary Club is looking for students who have made a difference within their community by enriching the lives of others, especially those in need; applications demonstrating participation in community service activities and volunteer work will carry more weight. While school and church activities are important, volunteerism throughout the community will score higher points in many cases. One exception to this would be a church mission trip to do physical labor for others.
The scholarship funds are to be used to advance ones’ education at colleges, trade, or technical schools. Eligible applicants include all Village of Woodridge residents, as well as non-residents where Woodridge is the primary Rotary Club. Students must maintain a C average or better to be eligible for the award. Two (2) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.
Applications are available here, at the Woodridge Public Library, or at the Guidance Counselor’s Offices North and South High Schools, Benet Academy and Montini Catholic High School.
Applications shall be returned to Kaleshia “Kay” Page via email or printed and returned by mail or in person to Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge IL 60517 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Please mark the envelope as “Rotary Scholarship”. Unfortunately, no exceptions to the deadline can be made. Scholarships will be awarded in June 2019.
2019 Jack Briseno Music Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Woodridge is seeking applicants for its new Music Scholarship.
The Woodridge Rotary Club is pleased to offer two $1,000 music scholarships in honor of Jack Briseno. Jack Briseno, Past-President of the Woodridge Rotary Club, had a vast and eclectic range of musical talent and experience. A musician, who played guitar, piano, accordion, and harmonica, played with many Old Town School of Music ensembles, and has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jack loved and valued music, whether through performing, listening, sound engineering, or emceeing at musical venues. Music surrounded Jack’s life and he motivated others to enjoy it. Jack Briseno believed that everyone should just take the time to listen.
Eligible students must be a graduating senior, a Village of Woodridge resident, attending an accredited community college, trade/tech school, or four-year college or university during the 2019-2020 school year, and participate in academic music class in high school and/or extracurricular music activities.
Applications are available here, at the Woodridge Public Library, or at the Guidance Counselor’s Offices at Downers Grove North and South High Schools, Benet Academy, Montini Catholic High School, Naperville North High School, and Lemont High School.
Applications should be returned to Kaleshia “Kay” Page via email or printed and returned by mail or in person to Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge IL 60517 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Please mark the envelope as “Rotary Music Scholarship”. Unfortunately, no exceptions to the deadline can be made. Scholarships will be awarded in June 2019.
Four-Way Test Essay Contest
The Woodridge Rotary Club, in conjunction with Rotary District #6450, sponsors an annual essay contest to Woodridge students in grades 6 through 8. The theme of the essay is "How Can I Apply the Four-Way Test to My Life?"
The Four-Way Test has been used by Rotarians for over six decades as a practical ethical yardstick to apply to their business, community, and personal affairs. The criteria of the Four-Way Test consists of:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Benefitial to all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Woodridge awards the winning entry with $100 and the representative school with a $100 award presented in the name of the student.
Four-Way Test Citizenship Awards
The Woodridge Club also works with Jefferson Junior High teachers each year to select a young man and young woman who most exemplify the Four-Way test in their personal and school relationships and attitudes. The Chairperson in charge of Service Projects for the Woodridge Club is the primary contact for the essay contest and usually presents the awards.
Through the Woodridge Rotary Club, we want to provide a personalized dictionary to every third grade student in District 68. In this way we hope to help them to improve their communications skills and make the most of their education. The primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and home for years to come. Educators see third grade as dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.
Woodridge Park District Sport Scholarship
Sports, whether team-based or individual, are a great activity for children that provide a variety of benefits other than physical activity. Participation in sports can help build self-esteem and confidence, can motivate children to excel academically and can help build social skills. Participation also can teach children the benefits of goal-setting and practice. The Woodridge Rotary Club provides financial assistance based on need enabling children to participate in the Woodridge Park District sports programs. Without our support many of our children would not be able to participate in an organized sport.
Back Pack Program
The Woodridge Rotary Club provides back packs along with school supplies and gift cards which can be used for shoes or clothing for local low-income families. We want every child to have a positive educational experience when they go back to school in the fall. On an average over 100 back packs are disbursed .
We have partnered with organizations such as Metropolitan Family Services and Hopes Front Door. These organizations provide education, emotional wellness and empowerment services to individuals and families in DuPage County. Their mission aligns with Rotary's which is providing service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through a fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Donations to help support this program are appreciated and accepted by contacting Woodridge Rotary.