DEARBORN, Michigan – Rasha Khanafer, a senior at Dearborn High School, was awarded the $5,000 Harry A. Sisson Memorial Scholarship during the Rotary Club of Dearborn’s annual Youth Month. Criteria for winning the Sisson Scholarship include exemplifying the Rotary service ideals, along with high academic achievement, leadership among peers and demonstration of the highest ethical standards. The award was presented to Rasha by Bob Ziolkowski, 2013-2014 Chairperson of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation and the Sisson Selection Committee.
The Dearborn Rotary Club, through the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, awards this annual $5,000 college scholarship, which is made possible through an endowment provided by the Harry A. Sisson Foundation. The Harry A. Sisson Memorial College Scholarship Award is presented in recognition of an Outstanding Senior attending a public or private high school in Dearborn. Mr. Sisson became a Rotarian in 1917 and patterned his life after the principles of Rotary’s motto “Service above Self.”
Scholarship candidates are nominated and endorsed by the student’s high school principal and academic advisor for specific community service and leadership accomplishments. The Dearborn Rotary Sisson Scholarship Committee reviewed 13 extensive applications and personally interviewed six finalists. All of the candidates demonstrated the highest of academic and leadership qualifications. In fact, all thirteen applicants had a grade point average exceeding 4.0. The scholarship has been awarded annually for the past 25 years.
In addition to maintaining high academic standards, Rasha Khanafer has served as vice president of her Class all four years of high school; captain of both junior varsity and varsity field hockey team; founder of Aspiring Medical Professionals Club; elected to Board of School’s Mu Alpha Theta Chapter; and representative for Discover Islam along with National Honors Society, Key Club, and Business Professionals of America.
Khanafer’s goal is to enter the medical profession and plans to attend a Michigan college. One of her dreams is to open a free clinic in the City of Detroit. Rasha believes that education can solve the world’s problems. Schools need to be expanded around the world to educate future scientists, engineers, medical personal, artists and humanitarians.
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Rotary is the world’s first service organization, which was founded by Paul P. Harris in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices. Today, Rotary has evolved into an international service organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders in 33,000 clubs worldwide. The Rotary Club of Dearborn is one of 48 clubs in Rotary District 6400 which includes Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex County in Ontario. Dearborn Rotary meets weekly at Park Place in Dearborn. For additional information, visit www.dearbornrotary.org or call 313-278-7233.